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Four La Jolla schools make gains, fifth holds steady on performance index

Staff and wire reports

San Diego Unified schools, including four of the five in La Jolla — the fifth held steady — continued to make gains on the Academic Performance Index, which is calculated using students’ scores on a series of standardized tests taken last year, according to figures released Thursday.

The target API score set by the state Department of Education is 800. The SDUSD base API score for 2009 was 766, up from 749 the previous year.

Torrey Pines Elementary was up to 968 from 953, La Jolla Elementary 970 (914), Bird Rock Elementary 973 (946); Muirlands Middle stayed the same at 876, and La Jolla High moved up to 831 (818).

The API score, which shows how each school is performing academically in comparison to other schools, ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000. The score is determined by results on the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and the California High School Exit Exam.

The statewide base API was 754, up from 741 in 2008. The base for elementary schools was 788, up from 774 the previous year. For middle schools, the base API was 748, up from 739 in 2008, while the median base API for high schools was 714, up from 702 the previous year.

The API base report also ranks schools academically on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the strongest, to determine a school’s standing compared to other schools statewide.

In the SDUSD, 18 elementary schools received the highest rank of 10.

All three La Jolla elementary schools received a 10 in the statewide ranking with Muirlands and LJHS getting a 9 rank.

Marshall Middle School was the only middle school to achieve the top ranking, while Preuss School at UC San Diego was the only high school.

— City News Service contribute to this report.