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Updated: School API rankings released

• Local schools earn high marks

Posted: May 21, 2008 5:14 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2008 5:03 a.m.
Santa Clarita Valley schools continued to fare well in statewide testing results released this week.

The 2007 Base Academic Performance Index (API) report was released Wednesday, including rankings that allow comparisons between local schools and other schools statewide.

The report is calculated using the results from spring 2007 testing and lets the public know how schools in their communities are doing in comparison to other schools in the state, as well as in comparison to schools with similar socioeconomic characteristics.

"For the statewide ranks, they put all the schools in the state in order, highest to lowest, by API score, then they divide the list into 10 equal parts," said Vicki Engbrecht, assistant superintendent of educational services for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

The schools are then given a ranking between one and 10, with 10 being the highest, she said.

Hart district high schools did well, with five out of the six traditional schools receiving a statewide ranking of 8 or 9, and Academy of the Canyons receiving a 10. When compared to similar schools, the districts' high schools ranked between 4 and 8 statewide.

The Hart districts' junior highs fared even better.

"Our junior highs all ranked between 7 and 10, which places all of our junior highs well above average," Engbrecht said. "Rio Norte received a 10, which puts it among the best junior highs in the state."

Newhall School District Superintendent Marc Winger was pleased with the rankings of schools in his district.

"Every school in the district was ranked 9 or 10 on either the statewide or similar schools comparisons," Winger said. "Some schools were best in the state, and some were best in their comparison group. We are incredibly proud of the results."

Pico Canyon and Oak Hills elementary schools received a rank of 10 in the statewide rank, and McGrath, Old Orchard, Peachland Avenue and Wiley Canyon elementary schools received a rank of 10 in the similar schools ranking. Stevenson Ranch Elementary received a 10 in both categories.

The eight schools that make up the Sulphur Springs Union School District received rankings ranging from 4 to 9 statewide.

"Mitchell (Elementary) went up in the statewide and similar schools rankings, so we're pleased to see that," said Kathy Wright, assistant superintendent of instruction for the district. "Also, Sulphur Springs (Elementary) is at a 9 statewide, which is very good."

Saugus Union School District schools received statewide rankings ranging from 7 to 10, except for Cedarcreek Elementary, which received a 4.

Charles Helmers and Mountainview elementary schools each received a ranking of 10.

When compared to similar schools, Saugus schools did not rank as high, with rankings ranging from 1 to 7.

Elementary schools in the Castaic Union School district did well in the statewide rankings, but were ranked low when compared to similar schools. For instance, Castaic Elementary School received an 8 in the statewide rankings, but a 1 in the similar schools ranking.

Castaic Middle School received an 8 statewide and a 7 when compared with similar schools, giving it rankings similar to those received by junior highs in the Hart district.


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