The declines were part of a statewide trend, as the number of California schools meeting the state target for student performance on standardized tests dropped by 2 percent. However, despite the declines, all the Glendale Unified schools in the Crescenta Valley scored well above 800, which is the target for all schools to meet.
Based on 2013 test scores, 56 percent of elementary schools, 50 percent of middle schools, and 31 percent of high schools are now at or above the 800 mark.
According to data released by the state Department of Education Thursday:
- Crescenta Valley High School dropped from 894 to 888.
- Clark Magnet High School dropped from 920 to 913.
- Mountain Avenue Elementary School dropped from 952 to 942.
- Rosemont Middle School dropped from 959 to 937.
- La Crescenta Elementary dropped from 899 to 877.
- Monte Vista Elementary dropped from 951 to 946.
- Dunsmore Elementary dropped from 912 to 908.
- Glendale Unified overall dropped one point to 861
Nearby La Canada Unified School District ranked as the second-highest public school district in California, with an overall score of 947. LCUSD also saw a decline in overall score, and among the eight highest performing districts, each saw a decline this year of one to eight points, said Lindi Dreibelbis, LCUSD's director of assessment, research and consolidated programs.
The API is a score ranging from 200 to 1,000 that measures how well students do on a variety of tests, including the California Standards Test and the state’s high school exit exam. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet. Here’s a detailed summary of the API from the California Department of Education.
In the last decade, the number of schools meeting the target of an 800 API has increased by 30 percent.