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District is still second in state's

New API scores put local schools just 13 points behind state's score leader.

August 31, 2011|By Stephanie Ghiya, stephanie.ghiya@latimes.com

The test scores are in and the results look good: La Cañada Unified School District continues to hold second place among districts in the state, according to data released Wednesday by the California Department of Education.

With a Growth Academic Performance Index score of 942 for the 2010-11 school year — a boost of nine points over the previous year — the La Cañada district finds itself just 13 points behind the state’s No.1-ranked unified school district, San Marino, which was given a score of 955.

LCUSD has held onto the No. 2 ranking behind San Marino since 2008, but has improved at a faster rate than San Marino during the last three years. It has also widened the lead between itself and the third-ranked district, Manhattan Beach, which earned a score of 932.

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Lindi Dreibelbis Arthur, director of assessment for La Cañada Unified, credited the efforts of the district’s team of teachers for the growth.

“Teachers were hard at work three days before the opening of school conducting a thorough evaluation of each subject, class and student’s test performance to adjust instruction for the coming school year,” Dreibelbis Arthur said in the district’s news release. “Collaborative work such as this helps us maintain the upward trend.”

La Cañada High School earned the highest margin of growth among local schools, jumping 13 points, from 915 to 928. At the elementary school level, the district’s fourth-grade students demonstrated the highest performance with between 92% and 98% of students meeting or exceeding the state target for English-language arts and mathematics. Elementary schools maintained their high level of testing achievement, hovering in the 960s.

“I am very proud of this collective achievement,” Supt. Wendy Sinnette said in the news release. “As we begin 2011-12, I am enthusiastic about our work as a learning community committed to furthering how we meet the needs of every student and embracing the challenges for on-going excellence.”

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