Burbank Unified School District Releases 2013 Academic Performance Index (API) Scores

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Burbank schools, like many schools in the state, showed a slight decline in the Academic Performance Index (API) score, moving from 847 to 846. The API is part of the California accountability system that measures the academic achievement of districts and individual schools. The state target is 800 on a scale of 200 to 1,000 and the Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) has all of its regular program schools well above that mark for the third year in a row.

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The latest API scores, which were released on August 29, indicate that BUSD schools showed mixed results at individual school sites. Seven schools posted gains, eight schools declined, and one school did not receive a score.

The school that did not receive an API score was William McKinley Elementary School. This is because the BUSD, based on a thorough investigation, has certified to the California Department of Education that the school had a classroom testing irregularity. The irregularity affected more than five percent of the total population of the students tested, therefore, the API score was withheld for 2013.

It is important to note, however, that this was an isolated incident. The BUSD investigation confirmed that every other classroom followed BUSD and state protocols with regard to testing and established security measures. In addition, all students at the school received their individual Standardized Testing and Reporting Program Results (STAR). The consequence of not having an API score is that the school will advance into Year 3 of Program Improvement. This is according to the Federal Accountability requirements mandated by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

Although the API results were mixed, several schools showed great gains. Of particular note is Robert Louis Stevenson, the first school in BUSD history to break 900 with a score of 905. The school community is to be commended for its focused work and dedication. In addition, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Joaquin Miller achieved double digit growth of 13 and 12 points, respectively.

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API Information, 2008-2013

* Reflects recalibration of Growth API

School

2009
Growth
API

2010
Growth
API

2011
Growth
API

2012
Growth
API

2012
Base
API*

2013
Growth
API

Change

12-13

Burbank USD

817

832

834

846

847

846

-1

Disney

835

850

840

857

857

849

-8

Edison

831

860

867

876

877

868

-9

Emerson

881

882

882

875

874

887

13

Harte

845

852

850

871

870

877

7

Jefferson

868

874

873

894

894

897

3

McKinley

808

818

834

835

Miller

826

836

850

873

884

872

12

Providencia

821

851

870

859

859

862

3

Roosevelt

863

865

873

881

881

887

6

Stevenson

877

885

895

892

891

905

14

Washington

792

797

821

827

826

823

-3

Luther MS

816

826

845

855

857

848

-9

Jordan MS

818

838

827

835

839

836

-3

Muir MS

830

862

865

888

890

881

-9

Burbank HS

806

817

820

831

832

824

-8

Burroughs HS

803

819

809

825

826

823

-3

* Reflects recalibration of Growth API

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