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Parkway: Highest API Growth in District

Parkway Heights Middle School's API growth from 2011 to 2012 saw dramatic improvement in its API since last year.

According to data released Wednesday from the California Department of Education, South San Francisco Unified School District had a range of Academic Performance Index growth and slippage since last year.

Parkway Heights Middle School's API improved 29 points, which was higher than any other school in the district. The only other school over 20 points was Monte Verde Elementary, at 23.

South San Francisco High saw the largest drop in API, going down 19 points since the 2011 year. The district overall crept up 2 points.

Despite its gains, Parkway has still not reached its target growth.

Schools across the state receive scores of 200 to 1000 based on results of state-wise testing. A good goal score is 800, a number surpassed by most South City schools.

Schools

2012 Growth

2011 Base

2011-2012 Growth

Buri Buri Elementary

901

887

14

Junipero Serra Elementary

877

867

10

Los Cerritos Elementary

814

821

-7

Martin Elementary

824

832

-8

Monte Verde Elementary

915

892

23

Ponderosa Elementary

867

871

-4

Skyline Elementary

863

859

4

Spruce Elementary

813

819

-6

Sunshine Gardens Elementary

857

843

14

Alta Loma Middle

840

828

12

Parkway Heights Middle

792

763

29

Westborough Middle

843

841

2

El Camino High

802

799

3

South San Francisco High

766

785

-19

Baden High (Continuation)

516

531

-15

SSF Unified School District

820

818

2

The California Department of Education launched on Thursday a user-friendly webpage that self-generates charts and graphs to help visualize how any given school compares to its district and to state averages.

The visualizations include performance in each subject, SAT scores, physical fitness, and API by subgroups. Just type in your school's name here.

More information about the new API scores can be found on the California Department of Education's website.

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Jim C October 13, 2012 at 08:01 PM
1) Congrats to the students, teachers and administrators at Parkside! Way to bear down and get to work. Keep it up. 2) There is an error on the Skyline info. Either their 2012 ranking should be 863 or they increased by 104.
Taylor Wiles October 13, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Thanks, Jim. Skyline indeed did not jump 104. I've changed it to be correct: 863, not 963 in 2012.
Vince S. October 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Thanks for the congrats Jim C., however a small but critical note, we are Parkway Heights Middle School and not Parkside Middle School (located in San Bruno).
Gene Mullin October 14, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Pleased that Parkway Heights is making strong progress. Less encouraged about SSFHS which had the largest drop among secondary schools in the County. The gap between SSFHS and El Camino achievement levels is the largest in memory. A cautionary side note: API scores are just one element of schools' learning environments, but do give shorthand insight into current conditions.

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