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LAUSD, Pacific Palisades Area Schools See Mostly API Score Gains

From 2011, Canyon Charter Elementary School saw a 20-point increase, while Marquez Elementary School saw a 7-point dip.

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.

Check to see how schools in the Pacific Palisades area fared:

Public School 2012 Score 2011 Score Point Change Palisades Charter High School 847 828 +19 Palisades Charter Elementary School 947 937 +10 Marquez Elementary School 928 935 -7 Canyon Charter Elementary School 971 951 +20

"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."

"I'm extremely proud of the students, teachers, staff and families," said Canyon Charter Elementary School Principal Joyce Dara last week about their 20-point increase, the highest in the community. "Everybody plays a part." 

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 Brentwood area schools did, click here

To see how your school did, go to this website at the California Department of Education. 

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