The Academic Performance Index score for Los Angeles Unified schools -- summarizing students' performance on a series of tests -- rose by 16 points in 2011-12, outpacing gains made by students across the state, although the district still lags behind the California average.
The district's score went from 729 last year to 745. The statewide API score increased by 10 points, from 778 last year to 788, according to figures released this month by the California Department of Education.
The scores range from 200 to 1,000, with a performance target of 800.
In the 90049, Paul Revere Charter Middle School's score was 897, an increase of 22 points from 2011. Kenter Canyon Elementary Charter School scored an API of 945, an 8-point decrease from 2011. Brentwood Science Magnet School scored 850, an 5-point decrease from 2011. Community Magnet Charter Elementary School's scored 963, a 33-point increase from 2011.
University Senior High School in nearby West L.A. scored 750 on its 2012 API, 39 points increased from 2011.
"Our students continue to improve, and not just by a point or two, or at a school or two, but throughout the district, and at an accelerated pace," LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said. "The notable gain of 16 points indicates in spite of five years of brutal budget cuts, 10,000 layoffs, larger class sizes and a shortened school year, teachers continue to focus on instruction, learning and our goals."
According to the state, 53 percent of California schools met or exceeded the 800-point bar in 2011-12, up four percentage points from the previous year.
API reflects growth in student achievement from one year to the next. It is determined by results on the California Standards Tests in English, math, history/social science and science, and the California High School Exit Exam.
"We've set a high bar for schools and they have more than met the challenge, despite the enormous obstacles that years of budget cuts have put in their way," state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said. "The incredible efforts of teachers, administrators, school employees, parents and students should serve as an inspiration to us all. While there's still more work to do, California's schools have earned a vote of confidence."
Statewide, 59 percent of elementary schools, 49 percent of middle schools and 30 percent of high schools met the state API benchmark.
Elementary school scores statewide increased by 7 points to 815, while middle schools jumped 14 points to 792 and high schools increased 11 points to 752.
To see how Pacific Palisades area schools scored, click here.
To see how your school did, go to this website at the California Department of Education.
(A correction was made to the original post to reflect the schoolwide 2012 growth and 2011 base API scores for Brentwood area schools. Patch apologizes for this error.)