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