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API shows 15 of 21 Ceres schools post academic growth
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Fifteen of the 21 schools in the Ceres Unified School District have exceeded state growth targets in the release of Academic Performance Index (API) statistics.

Ten of those 15 schools made more than a 20-point gain since the last API scores were released. The data was released last week by the California Department of Education.

Each spring California students in grades two through twelve take a set of tests to measure knowledge of language arts and math. Scores are then reported as the API, with 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 800. The growth target for a school is 5 percent of the difference between a school's API Base (previous years API score) and the statewide performance target of 800.

Most notably, 9 of 11 CUSD elementary schools made gains in student achievement above the previous year, with Virginia Parks Elementary, Whitmore Charter School of Technology and Summit Charter Academy maintaining scores above 800.

Additionally, both Mae Hensley and Blaker-Kinser junior high schools made significant gains with an average gain that is four times greater than the average target of 5.5 points for these schools.

Scores for CUSD high schools were not released due to an error in state data. However, CUSD has estimated the scores to be in the 700 range, maintaining their top rank among schools of similar demographics. Argus Continuation High School and Endeavor Alternative also made estimated gains in student achievement, with Endeavor making a 136-point gain from the previous year. CUSD's historical estimates of scores are extremely reliable in predicting scores released by the state, within a range of one to two points.