MEASURING SCHOOLS

Published: Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 7A

California's annual evaluation of school performance, called an Academic Performance Index score, is derived solely from standardized test scores. Senate Bill 1458 would do the following:

• Require student test results to make up no more than 40 percent of the API score for a high school, but at least 40 percent for a primary or middle school. The change would take effect in 2014-15.

• Eliminate annual comparison of all public schools against each other by API decile ranking but continue the practice of measuring schools with similar socioeconomic characteristics.

• Provide to the Legislature, before October 2013, a plan to reflect more emphasis in API, or by other means, student mastery of science and social science standards.

• Authorize the superintendent of public instruction, with approval from the state Board of Education, to do three things:

- Add to API the rates at which students are successfully promoted from grade to grade before high school, and continue schooling after eighth grade.

- Add to high school API measurements that are "valid, reliable and stable" in assessing student readiness for college or career.

- f funding becomes available - estimated at more than $4.5 million - implement a program of school-quality review in which local panels observe teachers, interview students and examine class work.

Source: Legislative records

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