South Bay and Peninsula schools continued to demonstrate their academic might, dominating the top tier of elementary schools in test-score rankings released Thursday by the California Department of Education.
Of the 31 top-scoring schools in the state, 16 were in Santa Clara County, including three top-place finishers. Murdock-Portal and Faria elementary schools in Cupertino tied for first, with a score of 998 on what's known as the 2011 Base Academic Performance Index. Millikin elementary in Santa Clara came in third with a score of 997, and Hoover elementary in Palo Alto ranked fifth, with 995.
The API measures schools on a 200-to-999 scale, based on standardized tests administered in spring 2011, and on high-school edit exams.
Based on those scores, the county also has three of the highest-ranked districts in the state: Los Altos and Saratoga elementary districts tied for first, with a base API of 969, and Lakeside in the Santa Cruz Mountains ranked third, with a score of 968.
"What a fantastic showing by our schools and students," Charles Weis, Santa Clara County schools superintendent, said in a prepared statement. "Clearly, we've been doing something right-and we're getting better all the time."