Santee Schools Ranked Against Others in California

The highest ranking campuses in Santee hit the 80th percentile.

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No Santee campuses ranked in the top 10 percent of schools statewide, though and Elementary scored in the 80th percentile, according to public school test-score-based rankings released today by the state Department of Education.

The state ranks schools academically on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 representing the top 10 percent, to determine a school's standing compared with other schools statewide. The rankings are based on the school's base Academic Performance Index, which is calculated for elementary, middle and high schools based on results of the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program and California High School Exit Exam.

The base API is determined based on the previous year's performance on the standardized tests.

Because of the nature of the system, 10 percent of schools statewide will always be in each 10-percent category. Where a school falls, according to score, changes over the years as schools improve their scores.

In the Santee Elementary School District, five schools received a rank of nine, placing them in the highest 20 percent of elementary schools statewide. 

Santee's high schools, and were ranked at eight.

The state also released base API scores for districts today. The target API score set by the state Department of Education is 800. The 's base API -- based on 2011 standardized testing -- was 856. Grossmont Union High School District, which contains Santee's high schools, scored 744.

The API score, which shows how each school is performing academically in comparison with other schools, ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000.

The statewide base API was 778, according to the state. The base for elementary schools was 808, while it was 778 for middle schools and 741 for high schools.

Statewide, the base API was 845 for white students, 859 for Filipinos and 898 for Asian students. The API was 696 for black students, 729 for Hispanics, 706 for English-learners and 726 for financially disadvantaged students.

The release of the base API marks the beginning of the 2011-12 test- score reporting cycle, according to the state, representing each school's baseline score.

The 2012 API scores for schools will be released this fall, check back with Santee Patch for those results.

-City News Service

Find the rest of the rankings here


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