San Ramon Valley schools once again showed improvement in the 2011 Academic Performance Index (API) Growth Report, according to data released Wednesday by the California Department of Education. The API measures and compares the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures.
The overall 2011 API growth score for the district was 922, up 6 points from the 2010 API base score of 916. San Ramon Valley Unified School District's (SRVUSD) results place it as the 8th highest unified school district in the state and the highest among unified districts with more than 9,000 students. The district's comprehensive high schools are in the top 3 percent of all high schools statewide.
Golden View and John Baldwin elementary schools showed the most growth at the elementary level, with 30 and 29 points respectively over the previous year. At the middle school level, Gale Ranch increased by 16 points. Del Amigo High School improved by 30 points, California High School increased by 18 points and Venture Independent Study School showed an increase of 23 points over 2010.
Windemere Ranch Middle School's API score of 966 places the school as the 15th highest among the state's 1,350 middle schools. Hidden Hills Elementary, with an API of 976, is the 34th highest among all 5,739 elementary schools in the state.
Scores for specific subgroups in the district also improved. Results for the district's African American subgroup were up 18 points while SRVUSD students classified as English learners ranked No. 2 among unified districts in the state.
Socioeconomically disadvantaged students and those with disabilities showed an 11-point improvement, ranking as 14th and 9th among all districts in the state.
"Each year I am impressed with how our students demonstrate continuous improvement," said Superintendent Steven Enoch. "I am particularly pleased with how many of our subgroups improved as it demonstrates our efforts in narrowing the gap between groups of students."
Statewide, 49 percent of all California schools are now at or above the overall statewide target API of 800.
The API is the cornerstone of the state's academic accountability requirements. The API is a numerical index (or scale) ranging from a low score of 200 to a high score of 1000. It reflects a school's or district's academic performance based on annual results of statewide testing at grades two through eleven. Each year schools receive two API reports, the API Base (reported in March) and the API Growth (reported in September).