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Local Schools Show Growth on State API

The state’s latest round of student performance data shows steady, continued improvement by local schools. The Long Beach Unified School District’s median Academic Performance Index of 750 is up by 14 points over last year, a rate of growth that surpasses that of the state. The state’s ultimate target for all schools is 800, a benchmark that 25 schools here have now achieved, up by eight schools compared to the prior year. The API reflects a school’s composite academic achievement from a variety of statewide assessments, including the California High School Exit Exam and other state tests measuring knowledge and skills in language arts, math, science and history. The recent state reports reflect a recalibration of the API results previously reported in August 2006 based on the addition of results from the 2006 science assessments in grades eight and ten.