Three Santa Clara County Schools Rank Top in Calif. in API Scores

Friday, June 15, 2012

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."

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