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Santa Clara Education Desk: July 31, 2013

SCUSD Academic Achievement Grew From 2007-2012 – Disabled Students Show Greatest Gains

As we head into a new school year, it’s a good time to check in on academic performance in Santa Clara Unified – especially as there has been a near-100 percent turnover is district administration. Although the state legislature has mandated an overhaul of California’s K-12 achievement metrics, until the new evaluation system is in place, the existing API scores are all we have.

From 2007 to 2012, overall Santa Clara Unified’s Academic Performance Index (API) average grew 8 percent – to 811 (out of a possible 1,000) from 750. Students with disabilities showed the greatest improvement over those five years – with an 18 percent average increase to 668 from 566.

Socio-economically disadvantaged students improved almost as much, 12 percent, 736 from 659. Even the achievement of Hispanic students – about which there has been so much local consternation – are up almost as much: 11 percent, to 725 from 653.

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