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Report Card: Menlo Park Schools Graded

Academic Performance Indicator scores released for 2011. Patch brings home scores for all the public schools in Menlo Park and Atherton.

Every year, thousands of children in California have to take Standardized Testing And Reporting tests, so the state can evaluate how well the school is performing. 

The California Department of Education uses scores from the STAR tests to assign each school an Academic Performance Indicator score (API).

It is a number from 200 to 1,000 that represents the quality of eduation for an entire school.

Patch researched these scores to share them with you.

First, a bit of background that will help you understand the information you're about to view:

API Target: If a school’s API score falls below the state’s minimum target score, which in California is 800, the state will set a goal target for the following year of last year’s score, plus 5 points. If a school’s 2012 target is ‘A,’ that means the school is already scoring at or above the state’s minimum target, and therefore does not have a growth target other than to remain at or above 800.

Statewide Rank: This is how a school ranks within a grouping of schools equaling 10 percent of schools statewide of a similar type, with 1 the lowest and 10 the highest. Consideration is given to socioeconomic factors, the number of English learners enrolled at the school, class size, number of credentialed teachers and many other factors.

Similar Schools Rank: How a school ranks within a grouping of 100 similar schools from throughout the state, with 1 the lowest and 10 the highest.

Students Included: How many students took the API tests.

Without further ado, here are the scores from the public schools in Menlo Park and Atherton.

 

Menlo Park City School District



2011 API: 937
2010 API: 937 That score exceeds the state's minimum score, so no growth target was set by the state.
Statewide Rank: 10
Similar Schools Rank
: 8
Students Included: 537

 



2011 API: 934
2010 API: 931
Statewide Rank: 10
Similar Schools Rank:
8
Students Included: 688



2011 API: 913
2010 API: 914
Statewide Rank: 10
Similar Schools Rank:
4
Students Included: 197




2011 API: 943
2010 API: 941
Statewide Rank: 10
Similar Schools Rank
: 7
Students Included: 480


Las Lomitas Elementary School District



2011 API: 972
2010 API: 970
Statewide Rank: 10
Similar Schools Rank
: 10
Students Included: 674

 

2011 API: 948
2010 API: 949
Statewide Rank: 10
Similar Schools Rank:
10
Students Included: 292*

Ravenswood City School District


2011 API: 753
API Target: 755
2010 API: 750
Statewide Rank: 3
Similar Schools Rank:
9
Students Included: 422

 



2011 API: 693
API Target: 691
2010 API: 685
Statewide Rank: 1
Similar Schools Rank:
4
Students Included: 406


All the data in this report was gleaned from http://www.ed-data.k12.ca.us/


*Ed-Data's website shows 966 as the total number of pupils included in the test report for the Las Lomitas Elementary School District. We originally placed that number in the Las Lomitas Elementary School category and apologize for doing so. Thank you to a Las Lomitas Elementary School District employee for alerting us in the comments section. We strive to bring you accurate local news about our public education system. 

 

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LLESD Employee July 20, 2012 at 04:21 PM
CORRECTION Please note: Las Lomitas Elementary School: 2010-11 TOTAL ENROLLMENT = 638 (not 966 as is above).
Vanessa Castañeda July 20, 2012 at 04:54 PM
@LLESD Employee Thanks for alerting me to that data discrepancy. I double checked my data sources and added a footnote to the article.

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