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California API Scores Distribution (2011) For Six-County San Francisco Bay Area.

California API Scores Distribution (2011) For Six-County San Francisco Bay Area.

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A review of the California Academic Performance Index (API) scores for the six-county San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on the distribution of scores within each county, at the school district level for the school year 2010-2011.
A review of the California Academic Performance Index (API) scores for the six-county San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on the distribution of scores within each county, at the school district level for the school year 2010-2011.

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Memo:To:Palo Alto Unified School District Board of TrusteesFm: Wayne Martin/Palo Alto, CADt:January 4, 2012Re:Student Performance Distribution in Six-County San FranciscoBay Area Schools Based On API Scores.Relative to the issue of whether or not to require Algebra II as a requirement for graduation in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), background data abouteducational attainment, costs, and parent involvement in the educational “model” is beingsubmitted to the PAUSD Board of Trustees for its consideration. This particular document contains information about student performance within school districts in thesix-county San Francisco Bay Area that can be seen as a “top-down” view of not onlystudent achievement within the districts of each County, but also the “performance gap”that exists in many school districts.
Overview
The California Academic Performance Index (API) documents student performance atthe data level (of granularity) of “school”, which typically involves 200-300 students for elementary schools, increasing to upwards of 2000-3000 students for high schools. Whenattempting to understand the effectiveness of the “educational delivery model”,aggregating API scores within school districts, and counties, can be instructive.Table.1, below, provides a high-level view of the educational achievement, and per-student costs, of the six-county, San Francisco Bay Area schools:
API Scores vs Cost-to-Educate Recap (2011)
CountyNumber of DistrictsAvg.ExpenseHighAPILowAPI%Districts> 800%Districts< 800
San Mateo 23 $10,318 969 575 58.3 41.7SanFrancisco 2 $9,715 796 412 0 100Santa Cruz 12 $9,355 925 601 66.7 33.3Santa Clara 31 $9,204 969 420 62.5 34.5Alameda 18 $8,993 939 474 47.4 52.6ContraCosta 18 $8,153 957 605 57.9 42.1
Table.1
Aggregating student performance at to high a “level”, such as at the political unit of “county” can also be somewhat misleading, since there are so many factors involved,such as parent education, and socio-economics, that result in more geographicdistributions of student achievement.
 
The data provided in this document offers a view of the region’s student performance(API scores) that divides the testing results of each district in 100-point intervals, toobtain a view of where in the “achievement spectrum” the students in each district are performing.The data presented in each of the tables below (Tables 2-7) are the percentages of thestudents in each school district that tested in each the 100-point ranges (900-1000, 800-900, 700-800, 600-700 and less than 600). In order to help digest this data, the API sub-range with the highest percentage has been identified in blue. The data in each row can be seen, then, as one measure of the academic achievement of each district. If the data isdistributed across multiple zones, then this “spread” becomes indicative of an“achievement gap” within that district.
Six-county API Distribution Data
The following tables provide the aggregate API scores of each school district in the six-county San Francisco Bay Area--
Alameda County
County/DistrictCodeDistrictValidTests900-1000800-900700-800600-700<600
01100170000000Alameda County Office of Educa 1747 0.0 9.073.711.4 5.801611190000000 Alameda City Unified 13979 14.871.113.4 0.7 0.001611270000000 Albany City Unified 5481 18.281.50.0 0.0 0.301611430000000 Berkeley Unified 13270 1.5 28.669.60.2 0.001611500000000 Castro Valley Unified 13465 15.683.90.0 0.0 0.501611680000000 Emery Unified 1027 0.0 0.074.925.1 0.001611760000000 Fremont Unified 47134 20.970.78.2 0.0 0.201611920000000 Hayward Unified 29995 0.0 1.778.419.8 0.101612000000000Livermore Valley JointUnified 18374 5.289.24.8 0.5 0.301612180000000Mountain HouseElementary 76 0.0 0.0100.00.0 0.001612340000000 Newark Unified 9607 0.0 9.789.60.3 0.401612420000000 New Haven Unified 18556 3.2 18.681.00.0 0.001612590000000 Oakland Unified 58441 6.3 10.765.913.1 4.001612750000000 Piedmont City Unified 3797100.00.0 0.0 0.0 0.001612910000000 San Leandro Unified 12776 0.0 4.779.915.2 0.101613090000000 San Lorenzo Unified 16624 0.0 10.178.011.7 0.201750930000000 Dublin Unified 8989 19.779.90.0 0.4 0.001751010000000 Pleasanton Unified 2261278.021.8 0.0 0.2 0.001751190000000 Sunol Glen Unified 374100.00.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Table.2
 
Contra Costa County
County/DistrictCodeDistrictValidTests900-1000800-900700-800600-700<600
07100740000000 Contra Costa County Office of 808 0.0 13.060.610.4 16.007616300000000 Acalanes Union High 800086.712.9 0.0 0.4 0.007616480000000 Antioch Unified 26166 0.0 5.384.711.0 0.307616550000000 Brentwood Union Elementary 12846 0.096.63.4 0.0 0.007616630000000 Byron Union Elementary 2530 0.078.521.5 0.0 0.007616710000000 Canyon Elementary 108 0.0100.00.0 0.0 0.007616970000000 John Swett Unified 2306 0.0 0.0100.00.0 0.007617050000000 Knightsen Elementary 729 0.0100.00.0 0.0 0.007617130000000 Lafayette Elementary 4960100.00.0 0.0 0.0 0.007617210000000 Liberty Union High 10249 0.0 15.198.01.3 0.707617390000000 Martinez Unified 5700 10.588.30.0 0.7 0.507617470000000 Moraga Elementary 2770100.00.0 0.0 0.0 0.007617540000000 Mt. Diablo Unified 49548 5.8 18.467.48.5 0.407617620000000 Oakley Union Elementary 6972 0.0 17.482.60.0 0.007617700000000 Orinda Union Elementary 3846100.00.0 0.0 0.0 0.007617880000000 Pittsburg Unified 5152 0.0 8.591.50.0 0.007617960000000 West Contra Costa Unified 41273 1.6 7.269.819.3 2.107618040000000 San Ramon Valley Unified 4403886.712.9 0.3 0.0 0.107618120000000 Walnut Creek Elementary 515067.232.8 0.0 0.0 0.0
Table.3
San Francisco County
County/DistrictCodeDistrictValidTests900-1000800-900700-800600-700< 600
38103890000000San Francisco CountyOffice of 434 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100.038684780000000 San Francisco Unified 75035 7.9 17.666.46.6 1.4
Table.4

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