FAIRFIELD — More than two-thirds of the Solano County schools improved their Academic Performance Index scores and the county improved by an overall average of 11 points.
Statewide numbers were released Thursday by the California Department of Education in the Academic Progress Report. API runs from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000. In California, schools are expected to improve each year until reaching the target of 800.
Schools at or above a score of 800 are expected to maintain their scores above 800.
The median API score for Solano County school districts is 785, up from 774 in 2011. That’s just three points off California’s average of 788. Sixty-seven percent of Solano County schools improved their API scores compared to last year. The number of Solano schools with API scores of 800 or higher increased from 36 to 38.
“Even though schools have been faced with multiyear budget cuts, our students have shown improvement year after year,” said Jay Speck, Solano County Superintendent, in a press release. “We see academic gains in every student group. Our schools should be very proud of their accomplishments.”
Three Fairfield schools scored better than 900, joining two from Benicia as the only ones in the county to do so. Those included Nelda Mundy Elementary at 957, Suisun Valley Elementary at 949 and Rolling Hills Elementary at 905.
For Mundy, the scores are the highest in the county and up 13 points from last year.
Suisun Valley jumped 34 points from last year, something Principal Jas Bains Wright said was due to setting goals for each child and regularly checking their progress. Bains Wright said the overall goal was 925, which the school happily passed.
“They know what standards they have achieved. They are very much a part of their own education,” she said. “Obviously we are very excited, but we have to maintain this. You always have to have something to shoot for.”
The biggest gain in the county was Rolling Hills, which climbed 44 points to crest the 900 mark. Principal Robin Stewart said a lot of hard work went into the jump and credited working closely with the schoolchildren. She said extra attention was paid to reteaching and working closely with those who missed questions on pretests.
“We are giving kids a second chance to learn something. They meet with the teacher and we retaught it. They keep working on it until they get it,” Stewart said. “We really amped it up this year.”
For more information about API scores, visit www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/.
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