Belle Air School Gets 800 API Score for First Time in Years

With the release of the new statewide test results, the numbers show that all schools except for one had above an 800 API, score, and Belle Air Elementary—a school that has been in PI for years—was one of the schools to score above an 800.

San Bruno Park schools made a change for the better this year with statewide test scores, with the majority of schools scoring proficient or better, according to the California Department of Education.

The school district is in its second year of program improvement status for still lacking a certain percentage of students scoring at a proficient level or above on annual tests.

But all schools except for Parkside Intermediate School had above an 800 Academic Performance Index, or API, score. Only one school—Crestmoor Elementary—saw a decline in its API score from 2011. Overall, the San Bruno Park School District achieved an API score of 830, an 18-point increase from the 2011 score of 812.

Most impressive were the gains achieved by Belle Air Elementary, which is in its fifth year of PI and has been desperately trying to get out of that status. For the first time in years, the school, which consists of a majority of students who don't speak English as their first language, scored above an 800.

Here is a breakdown of this year's scores:

School 2012 API Score 2011 API Score Change Allen (Decima M.) Elementary 826 819 +7 Belle Air Elementary 812 762 +50 Crestmoor Elementary 850 875 -25 El Crystal Elementary 870 856 +14 John Muir Elementary 897 873 +24 Portola Elementary 921 902 +19 Rollingwood Elementary 808 793 +15 Parkside Intermediate 774 765 +9

For more information about the new API scores, visit the California Department of Education's website.

Salina Welsh October 16, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Very impressive indeed! Thanks to our hard working teachers and supportive families. Great job Belle Air ! This is truly a good news for a change.
Peter Carey October 16, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Well done indeed.


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