This week, both LGUSD and LGSUHSD are celebrating increased API scores. Of course we should be pleased that the score is moving north...but is the change meaningful?
The California state average API score has increased steadily, every year since 2005 (and maybe before that, but I was able to find data to 2005 at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/
). The obvious question is: Are California’s schools really getting better every year, or is the rating scale changing every year? With the slow strangulation of funding for many school districts, I personally believe that the API rating scale is being “managed” politically to make everybody look good.
Instead of high-fiving ourselves for increasing the number, a better way to look at LGUSD’s performance would be to compare our schools with a comparable district. Here’s a comparison of API performance with Los Altos. We seem to be getting closer to the high-performing schools in Los Altos, but things get harder as scores approach a “perfect score” of 1000.