Accountability - State

California reports its results under the umbrella term of Accountability Progress Reporting (APR).  State reports are based on the Academic Performance Index (API) and comprised of two reports, a Base API Report and a Growth API Report.  Generally, API Base reports are provided in the spring of the calendar year, and the API Growth reports are provided each fall.  These reports are based on APIs that are calculated in exactly the same fashion with the same indicators, but using test results from two different years. A school’s growth is measured by how well it is moving toward or past that goal. 
 
The Academic Performance Index (API) was established by California’s Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999 (PSAA).  The purpose of the API is to measure the academic performance and growth of schools in grades 2-12.  Its focus is school improvement and is based upon the results of statewide assessments.  The API is a numeric index (or scale) that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1000.  The statewide API performance target for all schools is currently 800. 
 
HOW THE API IS USED
API data are used to meet state and federal requirements as follows:
• Provide public information on school improvement.
• Rank schools across the state.
• As one of the indicators for federal Adequate Yearly Progress determination
• Determine eligibility for state awards (if funding is available).
• Identify schools that are eligible for new or continued participation in specific state intervention programs.
• Measure progress of state intervention programs.
• Identify schools subject to specific review processes (i.e.,  William’s Settlement Reviews)
 
GROWTH TARGETS
Schools must meet a number of targets:
1.Annual school wide API Growth target
2.API Growth targets for each numerically significant subgroup at the school

API RANKS: DECILES 
As required by Education Code 52056, schools are ranked according to their API scores.  Schools’ Base API scores are ranked separately within school types:  elementary, middle, and high school.  For each of the three categories, schools’ API scores are first sorted from lowest to highest statewide and then divided into ten equal groups (or deciles) ranked from lowest (one) to highest (ten).  There are two processes used in API Ranking.  The first process produces the Statewide Ranks.  A second process produces the Similar Schools Rank.
 
Last Reviewed: November 2013