1999 API Data
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I have now had a chance to analyze our 1999 Academic Performance Index scores (APIs).  These results were released on January 25, 2000, but there were few surprises, because this year's scores are based on the Stanford 9 scores, which I have previously analyzed on this website.  Click here to see this prior analysis.

I am also including a preliminary analysis from one of my constituents, which is shown in green type below.

"At the high school level, Beverly Hills High School ranked No. 27 in
California relative to those high schools for which scores were reported.
This ranking does not put Beverly Hills among the elite high schools in
California.  This ranking is more consistent with some of the better high
schools in Orange County.  The comparable school ranking was 8, which puts
Beverly in the percentile range of the 70s (i.e., percentile ranking in the
70s relative to comparable schools).

For the elementary schools, statewide rankings are also provided.  Beverly
Vista and Horace Mann each ranked approximately No. 210 in California
relative to elementary and middle schools.  The comparable school ranking
for these schools was 8, which puts these schools in the percentile range
of the 70s (i.e., percentile ranking in the 70s relative to comparable
schools).

The comparable rankings revealed far more significant problems for
Hawthorne and particularly El Rodeo.  El Rodeo ranked approximately No. 307
in California while Hawthorne ranked approximately No. 418 in California.

The comparable school ranking for Hawthorne was 6, which puts Hawthorne in
the percentile range of the 50s (i.e., percentile ranking in the 50s
relative to comparable schools).  This is not acceptable.

The comparable school ranking for El Rodeo was even worse at a 4, which
puts El Rodeo in the percentile range of the 30s (i.e., percentile ranking
in the 30s relative to comparable schools).  This is definitely not
acceptable.

There were more than 200 elementary and middle schools in California that
outperformed *all* four of our elementary schools in Beverly Hills.

The comparable school rankings for Beverly Hills should be significantly
higher.  In the past when these types of scores were reported, the desired
goal for Beverly Hills was to be in at least the 90th percentile relative
to *comparable* schools.  This would correspond to a comparable school
ranking of 10."

I appreciate my constituent's analysis.  Now I will give you my analysis.

From this page you can link to a table of elementary school API's and a table of high school APIs, to see the raw numbers for yourself.  You can also link to a series of tables and charts that I have prepared for my own use in trying to figure out what factors account for high/low test scores in various comparable districts.

Elementary/Middle School APIs

Click here for table of elementary school APIs.

High School APIs

Click here for table of high school APIs.

My Analysis So Far (please feel free to E-mail me to tell me WHY I am wrong).

Click here to see my personal analysis so far, which includes bar charts, scatter charts and narrative analysis..

 

Click here to give me your comments about these API rankings.

 

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