LGSUHSD Achieves an API of 905!
The Los Gatos-Saratoga High School District (LGSUHSD) continues to show academic gains as measured by the recently released 2012 California Academic Performance Index (API). Since 2007, LGSUHSD has experienced steady API growth, reaching an all time district high of 905 this year. This exceeds the statewide, grade 9-11 API of 752 by 157 points. Los Gatos High School (LGHS) showed a gain of 2 points to achieve a score of 886 and Saratoga High continued their API of 933. The report also reflects the district met its goals for all groups of students.
LGSUHSD Board President, Cynthia Chang commented “The Board is very proud of our students’ achievement. This reflects their hard work, the commitment of our teachers and staff, and the incredible support of our parent community. This is also an opportunity to thank the broader Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga communities for their support of the Parcel Tax which provides needed resources for our core academic programs.” Superintendent Bob Mistele noted “Our goal is to have our students graduate from our campuses as well-rounded citizens prepared for college and/or a chosen career. One component of that is academic achievement. This new API information validates the efforts of our students, teachers, classified staff and parent community to promote this success.”
California uses the API as a measure of the academic progress for California’s schools and districts as part of the Public Schools Accountability Act passed by the California legislature in 1999. API scores range from a low of 200 to a high of 1000. The measure includes dropout rates and student assessments in mathematics, English, science and social studies. The API is calculated by converting a student’s performance across multiple content areas into points on the API scale. The points are then averaged across all students and all tests, resulting in the API. API scores are calculated for all students in a school in addition to API scores for each subgroup (race, English Learner Status, students with disabilities, and socioeconomically disadvantaged).
For a complete look at California’s 2012 API, please go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/