Oct 11, 2012 2:28 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

Central Coast schools see improvement in API scores

Many Central Coast school districts saw an increase in a key achievement indicator in 2012, according to test scores released Thursday by the California Department of Education.

The Academic Performance Index, or API, ranges from 200 to 1,000. The state sets 800 as the API score schools should strive to meet or surpass.

In Santa Barbara County, the Santa Maria-Bonita School District saw its API score improve slightly from 725 in 2011 to 726 in 2012. Santa Maria Joint Union High saw its score improve from 706 to 717. Lompoc Unified's API score improved from 758 to 767. Orcutt Union's score improved from 820 in 2011 to 823 in 2012. Santa Barbara Unified did not have a valid base API for 2011, so growth information is not available. The district's API for 2012 is 808.

In San Luis Obispo County, Lucia Mar Unified saw its score drop slightly from 816 in 2011 to 813 in 2012, though the score is still above the state's target.

Atascadero Unified's score rose from 806 to 813. San Luis Coastal Unified's score rose from 834 to 845, and Paso Robles Joint Unified's score improved from 791 to 794.

To look at results from individual districts or schools, click here.

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