Student achievement can be measured in many ways. Several state and district indicators of student success are included below. Our Initiaties for Student Success address the need for rigor and relevance within our acedemic programs. Our ELA/STEM initiatives focus on strengthening our English/Language Arts program and developing a world-class program for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
What is Academic Performance Index (API)?
The API is a single number, ranging from a low of 200 to a high of 1000, which reflects a school’s or district’s performance level based on statewide testing. API can be used to measure academic performance and growth, with 800 as the statewide target for all districts, schools, and specific student populations.
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
AYP is a series of annual performance goals established for schools, districts, and states. An entity is determined to have met AYP if they are able to meet or exceed each year’s goals. The charts below describe the progress for SLCUSD over the past three years (bars) as compared to the AYP targets for each year (line) for both English/Language Arts and Mathematics.
Kindergarten through second grade students in SLCUSD are all assessed at least twice a year to determine their reading proficiency. During the 2010-11 school year, our teachers transitioned from using the Developmental Reading Assessment to using the Benchmark Assessment System to determine reading proficiency in the elementary grades.
California Standards Testing
Students in grades 2 – 11 participate in the California Standards Test (CST) each spring. All students participate in an English/Language Arts assessment and a mathematics assessment aligned to their course of study. All students in grades 5, 8, and 10 participate in a science assessment, and all students in grades 8 and 11 participate in a US History social studies assessment. The graphs below indicate progress over the last four years.