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Albany School Test Scores Shine

API reports that all but one school in the Albany Unified School District had growth in 2012. However, all schools sit above the state average.

The Academic Performance Index (API) is an annual measure of test score conducted by the California Department of Education (CDE).

The latest results were released on Thursday and a summary is pictured above. Read your school's performance off the chart.

The API is a single number on a scale of 200 to 1,000 that indicates how well students in a school or district performed on the previous spring’s tests. 

It is calculated using results of the STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) program and the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).

The State Board of Education sets the statewide API target at 800 out of a possible 1,000. 

You can find a more detailed explanation of the API here.

District-wide, Albany's score was up and comfortably over the state target of 800. Five of the six schools had rising test scores and one reported a decline — Marin Elementary.

You can find a great deal more information about the district, your school or any other school or district in California at the API reports website.

What do you think about the test scores? Any other thoughts about the schools and where they are headed?

Ellen Hershey October 13, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Without in any way discounting Albany's excellent test scores, I would like to point out that long-term trends in test scores mean a lot more than scores for one or two years. Also, we need to look closely at how different groups of students are doing, as well as at overall results. Finally, test scores should not be overemphasized as a measure of the educational quality of our schools. They are just one of many measures and indicators we should be looking at.
Tatter Salad October 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Great! We can brag that ALL are students are above AVERAGE! Commenting on the Albany School District is difficult, as so much of their presentations are via 'Smoke and Mirrors'. Finding recent accurate data is difficult throughout all of Kalifornia's schools however, and recent changing demographics; numbers presented to us may be worthless. An example is that one of Albany's High Schools has the HIGHEST Native American populations in the County: 3%! McGregor at that time (last year) had 26 students! When it's convenient, those students are under the Albany High School umbrella, and when it's inconvenient, -such as TEST TIME-, they are not. The school closest to Albany in size and proximity is Piedmont High for instance. Their score went up 8 points, with a 938, while ours went up 11, with a 893. But as the figures regarding the Native American statistics shows, the numbers may be meaningless,BUT they certainly help keep the property values up (in Piedmont AND Albany) and that is the source of the 'Smoke and Mirrors' IMHO. BUT are we paying (relatively) TOO much for what we are getting? Salary comparisons might reveal WHERE ALBANY spends it's school dollars: Albany Superintendent and Assistant salaries: $351k / $245k Piedmont Superintendent and Assistant: $188k / $130k Hmmm.... me thinks not! (Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/salaries/bay-area for LAST year; this year Marla's salary went UP!)
Ira Sharenow October 14, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Good points. Here are some more. If you look at AHS school demographics for the API, only 24% reported parental education, the key factor for similarity scores. Two years ago 64% reported parental education. Down the street at El Cerrito HS, this year 84% reported parental education. This information comes from the STAR testing. http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/ http://www.albanyhighcougar.com/articles/albanys-eap-debacle -- Excerpts Albany’s EAP Debacle Albany students received major shocks this summer upon opening their STAR test results — when flipping over the scores, students discovered that they had not passed the EAP, referring to the Early Assessment Program, in this case for English. And it wasn’t just a few students either — it was nearly every single junior enrolled at Albany during the 2011-2012 school year, the class of 2013. I am writing to inform you about your Early Assessment Program (EAP) essays from last year’s testing in March. Unfortunately, though we sent them in immediately after you wrote them, we learned last week that your essays were not scored by ETS due to a coding error on our part.
Education optimist November 09, 2012 at 09:47 PM
MacGregor High only tests students in grades 10/11. The population for 11-12 fluctuated around 65 in terms of total students served. Some students are concurrently enrolled at both schools but if their primary school is MacGregor, they are counted with our API.

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