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By Lauren Hilgers | March 25, 2006
DOWNTOWN ? Burbank schools rank in the top 40% statewide according to the Academic Performance Index rankings released by the State Department of Education on Tuesday. The Academic Performance Index rates schools and school districts based on students' the performance on the California State Standards Test, the California Achievement Test and the California High School Exit Exam. Schools receive a score between 200 to 1,000, with 800 being the state Department of Education's target score for each school.
October 17, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- Scoring well on the 2001 Academic Performance Index was a matter of reestablishing priorities for Linda Reksten, principal at Burbank's Walt Disney Elementary School. Disney, whose overall 2001 API score was 785, rose 88 points from the school's score of 697 last year. It was the highest improvement in the district, and Reksten attributes the school's growth to interim assessments done consistently throughout the school year for each individual student.
By: | September 10, 2005
Yes, it is that time of the year -- time to hit the books, the chalkboards, the word processors, the libraries -- and time to make new friends and begin anew the process of enriching and preparing young lives. So far, it seems the process of educating those lives is working. Public schools in Burbank, Glendale and La Canada Flintridge have met or exceeded their Academic Performance Index goals -- the annual benchmark that ranks schools based on statewide standardized tests.
By Kelly Corrigan, | October 12, 2012
Burbank Unified improved its overall score on the all-important state index that measures student achievement, according to data released Wednesday. The district's overall score on the Academic Performance Index improved by 13 points to 846 - putting it well above the state's benchmark figure of 800. “It's fantastic,” said Sharon Cuseo, director of instruction and accountability for Burbank schools. “Even as a district, we were able to make a good gain.” Scores on the Academic Performance Index are based on standardized tests, with a high score of 1,000 points.
March 28, 2001
Tim Willert MAGNOLIA PARK -- Gov. Gray Davis paid a visit to Walt Disney School on Monday, and he came bearing gifts. Davis presented a check for $46,690.58 to the school, half of which will be divided among all employees for their role in helping students reach Academic Performance Index growth targets for 1999-2000. "I am so proud of you," Davis told students and employees gathered inside the school library. "You not only met your targets, you smashed them."
January 22, 2005
Jacqui Brown Nine of the city's 17 public schools met or surpassed the state's academic goals for 2004, according to results released this week. Four of the nine schools, Ralph Emerson (823), Bret Harte (807), Thomas Jefferson (845) and Theodore Roosevelt (843) Elementary schools surpassed the state goal of 800. The Academic Performance Index, using standardized test scores, is measured on a scale of 200 to 1000. The state's goal is 800. "This is a consequence of great teaching and hard work on the part of our students and staff and assistance from our principals," Burbank Unified School Supt.
May 28, 2005
Rosette Gonzales Burbank schools are in good financial health despite state cuts to public education, Burbank Unified School District Supt. Greg Bowman said Thursday in his State of the Schools address. Bowman addressed nearly 300 educators, city officials, parents and business people, telling them district fiscal management, a reserve fund and partnerships with local businesses continue to help academic achievement rise. "The district is raising teachers' compensation to where we are comparable and competitive with districts our size in ... Los Angeles County," Bowman said.
October 25, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Emilio Urioste, the principal at John Burroughs High School, knows that success on the Academic Performance Index is just the beginning. The school, with an overall 2003 API score of 714, jumped 44 points from last year on the statewide evaluation. "We are elated. This means is that more is expected of us. The issue now is that we are no longer your average, run-of-the-mill high school. [The API] forces you to be ready," Urioste said Friday.
January 28, 2004
Molly Shore The state Department of Education has postponed a decision on whether to place Providencia Elementary School under state sanctions after the school dropped one point on its 2003 Academic Performance Index score. The API measures school performances based on annual scores on California Standards Tests, the California Achievement Test and the California High School Exit Exam. The highest score on the index is 1000; the state target for all schools is 800. Providencia's 2003 API score dropped from 748 to 747. When the state Board of Education notified the Burbank Unified School District at the end of November that Providencia might be placed under sanctions, the district was supposed to implement a remediation plan, said Alexis Sheehy, assistant superintendent of instructional services.
By Chris Wiebe | April 9, 2008
Joaquin Miller Elementary School Wednesday was named as a California Distinguished School for 2008, after a rigorous, months-long application and assessment process. School officials learned in October that Miller was on a list of schools eligible to apply for the designation — having met Academic Performance Index and Adequately Yearly Progress accountability standards — and submitted an application that received a perfect score, Deputy Supt. Joel Shapiro said. Then the Distinguished School Program sent a team to Miller to validate the information contained in the application, visiting classrooms, going through school documentation and interviewing administrators, teachers, students and parents, he said.
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