More Schools Improve Academic Rankings

The state's latest Academic Performance Index calculations show that 37 percent of schools in the Long Beach Unified School District improved their statewide rankings compared to last year. About half of schools remained at their rankings while only 11 percent declined. Released with the rankings were API growth targets for 2002 along with similar schools rankings comparing schools that have similar demographics. "I'm most pleased with the similar schools rankings," Deputy Superintendent Chris Steinhauser said. "For the most part, we're way up there." Several schools made tremendous gains. Keller Elementary School, for instance, had earned the lowest ranking last year, a one on a scale of 10. But this year the school earned a statewide ranking of four and a similar schools ranking of nine. The latest API differs from the previous two years when it was calculated solely based on the Stanford 9 test. Starting this year, the API calculations include the English Language Arts Test, which is based on state standards.