ALAMEDA -- The Alameda Unified School District slightly improved its overall score this year in the Academic Performance Index, which uses the results of standardized tests to determine how well schools are doing and whether they are meeting state goals.

The index is based on a scale of 200 to 1,000 and the results released Thursday put the district's score at 852, up five points over last year.

The state has set 800 as the target for all schools and districts to reach.

Along with boosting its overall ranking, the district saw gains in the scores for both math and English Language Arts, including among black and Hispanic students, as well as those with disabilities.

"This builds on the district's steady API growth for the last four years," Alameda Superintendent Kirsten Vital said. "These are results all of us in the district -- students, teachers, staff, and parents -- can be proud of. We are all responsible for every child succeeding."

Individual Alameda schools received scores ranging from 785 to 948 and 12 schools exceeded the state's overall API target of 800. Seven schools exceeded 900.

While Encinal High School made a 37 point gain over last year with a 797 score, Alameda High School's score dropped from 830 to 819. Wood Middle School's score increased 19 points to 785 and Henry Haight Elementary School increased 23 points to 854.


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Edison Elementary School secured a 948 score, a six point jump over last year and the highest in the district.

The API score is based on the results of standardized tests that students took last spring in math and English, including special exams administered to students with disabilities.

For high schools, the API also includes results of the California High School Exit Examination, which a student must pass in order to receive a diploma.

Along with the API, the state released the latest results of the exit exam on Thursday, showing the number of number of Alameda 10th-graders who passed the English portion was 89 percent and that 92 percent of them passed the math test.

High school students who do not pass the exam, which became state law in 1999, get additional chances to take it in their junior and senior years.

"These gains in the exit exam passing rate are very exciting for us as a district," Vital said. "We will continue to work to make sure our high schoolers meet the goals set by the state and are ready for college and career upon graduation."

In Alameda County, 83 percent of 10th-grade students passed the English test and 84 passed the math test.

The school board will be briefed on the district's performance on the API and the results of the high school exit exam during an upcoming meeting.

For more information, including scores for individual schools, go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/.

Reach Peter Hegarty at 510-748-1654 or follow him on Twitter.com/Peter_Hegarty.