Yesterday Governor Brown signed SB 1458 into law, which alters the way APIs are calculated.
The Academic Performance Index (API) measures the academic performance of schools and of students, and is currently used to rank all public schools for the High Achieving/Improving Schools Program. Currently API takes into a variety of indicators, including graduation rates and student standardized test scores such as the STAR and CAHSEE. Prior to SB 1458, test results constituted at least 60% of the API.
With the adoption of SB 1458, several of these factors will change. SB 1458 eliminates the requirement that API scores be used to measure the progress of specified schools and rank all public schools for the purpose of the High Achieving/Improving Schools Program. SB 1458 also changes the requirement that standardized testing account at least 60% of the API to no more than 60% starting in 2016.
A copy of the chaptered bill can be found here.
Meghan Covert Russell