Natomas Unified Posts 10-Point Gain on State’s Academic Performance Index | Schools
Sacramento, California – The Natomas Unified School District posted a 10-point gain overall on the state’s Academic Performance Index (API) based on student performance on the 2012 California Standards Test (CST) results released in August. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson visited Natomas Park Elementary School Thursday to announce last year’s statewide API results. Natomas Park Elementary is Natomas Unified’s most recent school to pass the state target of an 800 API score.
“We are pleased to see continued growth district-wide,” said NUSD Superintendent Chris Evans. “We take great pride in the sustained improvement over the years but also commit to continue to work hard to meet the needs of all students.”
Five schools in Natomas Unified posted double-digit gains on the API, and three schools – Heron, Natomas Park, and Witter Ranch – have an API score above 800. Jefferson Elementary School demonstrated significant gains with a 24-point boost in their API score. In addition, the performance of students with disabilities and English Learners showed a significant gain with both posting double-digit gains – a 25-point improvement for students with disabilities and a 14-point gain for English Learners.
“We commend the work of our teachers, staff, and students – our efforts are getting results and we will continue to focus on the needs of our students in the classroom,” said NUSD Board President Lisa Kaplan.
The purpose of the API is to measure the academic performance and growth of schools. The API is calculated from the results of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program that includes the California Standards Tests (CST) and the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). The API is used to measure the academic growth of a school from one year to the next.
Source: Natomas Unified School District