LAUSD Shows “Strong Improvement” on the Academic Performance Index

LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2013) – Data just released from the California Department of Education indicate that 47 percent of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) improved their Academic Performance Index (API) base rankings in 2012 over 2011.  By contrast, 31 percent of schools showed a decrease in 2012, and 16 percent remained the same.

“These numbers are the latest evidence that a majority of our students continue to show strong improvement in this key educational measure,” said Superintendent John Deasy.

The API base rates schools in comparison with all other schools across the state and similar schools in a range of categories, including socio-economic status, pupil ethnicity, and language classification. 

At the LAUSD, the number of schools in the highest ranking for both categories increased from six to 10, the biggest jump in years, while the schools in the lowest rank remained unchanged at 43.

“The marked rise in the highest-ranking schools is a great achievement for the LAUSD,” said Deasy. 

The API is a single number, ranging from a low of 200 to a high of 1000, which reflects a school’s or district’s performance based on the results of statewide testing. The API Base provides a baseline against which to compare next year’s API growth.

Contact: Tom Waldman (213) 241-6766