SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

Remarkable Gains on API for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John E. Deasy, today announced the release of 2005 API (Academic Performance Index) and AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) data.  The 2005 data show spectacular gains, with the overall district index surpassing the 800 mark for the first time since the inception of API.   Dr. Deasy noted, “Our district’s growth of 19 points is remarkable for a district that continues to score well above state and county levels.”

 

The API is the cornerstone of California’s Public Schools Accountability Act.  Its purpose is to measure the academic performance and growth of schools.  The numeric index ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1000.  The statewide target for all schools is 800.  The API score summarizes the results of various indicators including the California Standards Tests (CSTs), the CAT/6 norm-referenced test, and the California High School Exit Exam. 

 

Jack O’Connell, State Superintendent, announced, “The [state’s] outstanding API results reflect the tremendous success we celebrated earlier this month when our annual test scores showed widespread gains in nearly every subject and grade level.  With data showing six years of improved student achievement we know California schools are headed in the right direction.”

 

The individual school sites in SMMUSD demonstrated stellar growth in API, with 11 out of 14 sites posting double-digit gains over last year.  Dr. Deasy enthusiastically attributes this extraordinary achievement to the tremendous dedication and hard work of teachers and principals.  “Santa Monica-Malibu’s high caliber teachers set increasingly higher expectations for all students and then go about getting the job done by focusing on refining and continuously improving their instructional practices.” 

 

70% of the district’s schools are now scoring above the 800 mark, as compared to 32% across the state.  Four SMMUSD schools – Franklin, Point Dume, Roosevelt, and Webster – scored at or above a remarkable 900. Malibu High School’s API ranks in the top 15 of high schools in the county. 

 

All schools demonstrate consecutive years of growth and are at or near all time highs.  “It is noteworthy,” Dr. Deasy remarked, “that Santa Monica High School’s API has risen 47 points over the past three years.  This is an incredible achievement and reflects the power of redesign and smaller learning communities.”   

 

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District API Results

 

School

2002 API

2003 API

2004 API

2005 API

Growth 04-05

Cabrillo Elementary

823

833

844

843

-1

Edison Elementary

 

709

751

762

11

Franklin Elementary

892

910

887

924

37

Grant Elementary

801

833

844

852

8

McKinley Elementary

817

828

813

855

42

Muir Elementary

776

763

758

782

24

Point Dume Elementary

862

896

907

921

14

Rogers Elementary

756

775

754

772

18

Roosevelt Elementary

840

865

870

908

38

Webster Elementary

865

880

863

901

38

Adams Middle School

748

736

765

767

2

Lincoln Middle School

823

845

834

864

30

Malibu High School

788

795

810

831

21

Santa Monica High

694

695

720

741

21

 

In addition to the remarkable growth in API, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has met its AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) targets for No Child Left Behind.  Federal NCLB requirements measure the academic success of a school or district according to how well it meets common performance targets.  This measure of success is reported in terms of AYP criteria.  A school or district must meet criteria in four areas in order to make AYP.

 

Two schools, SMASH and Olympic, which are alternative school settings, are evaluated under Alternative School Accountability Model.  The data from this model, as well as API data for subgroups, and comparable school rankings have yet to be released.

 

District and School Site AYP Accountability Reports

School Site

ELA Participation

ELA % Proficient

Math Participation

Math % Proficient

API

Graduation Rate

SMMUSD District

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cabrillo Elementary

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Edison Elementary

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Franklin Elementary

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Grant Elementary

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

McKinley Elementary

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Muir Elementary

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Point Dume Elementary

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Rogers Elementary

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Roosevelt Elementary

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

SMASH

No

Yes

No

No

No

N/A

Webster Elementary

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Adams Middle School

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

N/A

Lincoln Middle School

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Malibu High

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Santa Monica High

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Olympic High

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

 

 

District level administrator, Maureen Bradford, looks forward to the anticipated release of additional API and AYP information in October.  “The SMMUSD Educational Services department will use the data throughout the fall as we plan for staff development and additional support to school sites in order to continue and accelerate this remarkable trajectory of achievement.”