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By Mary O'Keefe | September 1, 2005
La Cañada schools show significant growth in the Academic Performance Index (API) scores released Wednesday. API is the state's accountability system that measures the academic success of a school on the basis of annual improvement. Also released Wednesday is the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) required through the No Child Left Behind Act. AYP is the federal government's accountability model. NCLB requires that all students, including those in special needs classes, must be at a proficient level or higher by the year 2014.
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By Mary O’Keefe | September 11, 2008
The California Department of Education recently released the 2007-2008 Academic Performance Index report for the state?s public schools. ?We are very pleased with our scores,? said Lindi Dreibelbis-Arthur, the district?s director of assessment. ?The district improved by three points. This is growth that we want to see.? The results reflect the Academic Performance Index report, based on statewide assessment results from STAR Program and the California High School Exit Examination.
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March 11, 2004
For the fourth consecutive year, schools in the La Cañada Unified School District have exceeded the statewide performance target level as indicated by the Academic Performance Index. In results released by the state Monday, all LCUSD elementary schools scored about 900 and La Cañada High (grades 7 to 12) has scored 885 for 2003. The API, the cornerstone of the statewide accountability system for California public schools, is a scoring system between 200 and 1,000. A score of 800 is the statewide target for all schools.
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By Megan O’Neil | February 4, 2010
La Cañada and Palm Crest elementary schools have advanced to the site visit phase of the 2010 Distinguished Elementary School application process, district officials announced this week. The California Distinguished Schools Award, given by the California Department of Education, recognizes schools for outstanding academic performance and success in narrowing the “achievement gap.” “We are thrilled for both schools,” Superintendent James Stratton said.
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By Ralph Saenz | March 17, 2005
With the release on Tuesday of the 2004 Academic Performance Index (API) scores by the state Department of Education, The La Cañada Unified School District has once again demonstrated its pursuit of excellence for its students. According to figures available, as reported on the district's web site, the LCUSD scored 906 out of a possible 1,000 to rank in the highest percentile. Lindi Drebelbis Arthur, director of assessment for the LCUSD, said individually, La Cañada High (grades 7-12)
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By Mary O'Keefe | May 4, 2006
La Cañada High School can add one more accolade to its long list of recognitions as it made the list of the top 1,000 Best High Schools in America published in the May 8 issue of Newsweek magazine. LCHS was ranked at 162 out of 1,000. "I am always happy to be recognized in a positive light," said LCHS principal Damon Dragos. But he takes the list with a form of cautious optimism because of the method used to rank the schools. "They do not look at the test results, but how many you order," Dragos said.
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By Mary O'Keefe | December 1, 2005
Mountain Avenue Elementary celebrated being recognized as one of the top 10 percent of schools in the nation through the Blue Ribbon Schools award. School officials and administrators celebrated last week when representatives from the offices of Congressman David Dreier and Senator Jack Scott joined local dignitaries, including La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Anthony Portantino and La Cañada city council member Dave Spence, as well as Glendale Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Alice Petrossian, Superintendent Michael Escalante, Crescenta Valley Town Council members, PTA council president and former Mountain Avenue parent Patty Scripter, and school board president Mary Boger, and members Pam Ellis and Joylene Wagner.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 29, 2013
The La Cañada Unified School District remains the second-highest achieving public unified school district in California, according to rankings released Thursday by the state Department of Education. LCUSD retained the No. 2 spot behind San Marino Unified despite a five-point drop in the local district's overall Academic Performance Index score, based largely on the results of state tests taken by students in the spring. LCUSD scored 947 out of a possible 1,000 - an “outstanding” number that shows continued strong performance throughout the district in every subject area, said Lindi Dreibelbis, LCUSD's chief director of assessment and research.
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By Jim Stratton | May 7, 2009
A brief accounting of the state of the La Cañada Unified School District reveals many accomplishments. Academic achievement is among the highest in California, student excellence in the arts and athletics is widely recognized and district fiscal resources (despite ongoing budget cuts and unfunded mandates from the state) are effectively and proactively managed. As measured by the state Academic Performance Index (API), LCUSD continues to rank among the top four highest achieving unified school districts in the state.
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By Mary O'Keefe | August 31, 2006
La Canada Elementary School has 965 reasons to be very happy. That's their Academic Performance Index score, which was officially released by the California Deparment of Education early today (Thursday, Aug. 31). "I am very, very happy and very proud," said LCE Principal Ivette Ellis. API was established in 1999 as a way for the state to measure academic performance and growth in public schools The numeric index, or scale, ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1000. The statewide goal for all schools in all grades is 800. The scores are reported in two ways, API Base and API Growth.
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By Sara Cardine | November 6, 2013
In a community such as La Cañada Flintridge, where schools' standardized test performance is a matter of personal pride, the idea of going two full years without Academic Performance Index scores can seem exasperating. But that's exactly what school officials are preparing for as guidelines for the new California Common Core Standards testing trickle down from the state - guidelines calling for a full season of field testing to replace the now-defunct STAR tests. Anais Wenn, La Cañada Unified School District's assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, described the process as a learning curve that will likely span the next few years as everyone becomes accustomed to the new curriculum and tests.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 29, 2013
The La Cañada Unified School District remains the second-highest achieving public unified school district in California, according to rankings released Thursday by the state Department of Education. LCUSD retained the No. 2 spot behind San Marino Unified despite a five-point drop in the local district's overall Academic Performance Index score, based largely on the results of state tests taken by students in the spring. LCUSD scored 947 out of a possible 1,000 - an “outstanding” number that shows continued strong performance throughout the district in every subject area, said Lindi Dreibelbis, LCUSD's chief director of assessment and research.
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By Megan O’Neil | February 4, 2010
La Cañada and Palm Crest elementary schools have advanced to the site visit phase of the 2010 Distinguished Elementary School application process, district officials announced this week. The California Distinguished Schools Award, given by the California Department of Education, recognizes schools for outstanding academic performance and success in narrowing the “achievement gap.” “We are thrilled for both schools,” Superintendent James Stratton said.
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By Jim Stratton | May 7, 2009
A brief accounting of the state of the La Cañada Unified School District reveals many accomplishments. Academic achievement is among the highest in California, student excellence in the arts and athletics is widely recognized and district fiscal resources (despite ongoing budget cuts and unfunded mandates from the state) are effectively and proactively managed. As measured by the state Academic Performance Index (API), LCUSD continues to rank among the top four highest achieving unified school districts in the state.
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By Mary O’Keefe | September 11, 2008
The California Department of Education recently released the 2007-2008 Academic Performance Index report for the state?s public schools. ?We are very pleased with our scores,? said Lindi Dreibelbis-Arthur, the district?s director of assessment. ?The district improved by three points. This is growth that we want to see.? The results reflect the Academic Performance Index report, based on statewide assessment results from STAR Program and the California High School Exit Examination.
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By Jim Stratton LCUSD Superintendent | December 21, 2006
One of the more outrageous pieces of public school legislation passed this year was Senate Bill 1133. Also known as the Torlakson Bill, this law "settled" the dispute over the nearly $3 billion that Governor Schwarzenegger appropriated from Proposition 98 funding. The Torlakson bill pays that money back but pays it only to the lowest performing schools. A bit of history is in order. Shortly after assuming office in late 2003, Governor Schwarzenegger decided that Proposition 98 would need to be suspended in order to compensate for the state budget shortfall.
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By Mary O'Keefe | August 31, 2006
La Canada Elementary School has 965 reasons to be very happy. That's their Academic Performance Index score, which was officially released by the California Deparment of Education early today (Thursday, Aug. 31). "I am very, very happy and very proud," said LCE Principal Ivette Ellis. API was established in 1999 as a way for the state to measure academic performance and growth in public schools The numeric index, or scale, ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1000. The statewide goal for all schools in all grades is 800. The scores are reported in two ways, API Base and API Growth.
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By Mary O'Keefe | May 4, 2006
La Cañada High School can add one more accolade to its long list of recognitions as it made the list of the top 1,000 Best High Schools in America published in the May 8 issue of Newsweek magazine. LCHS was ranked at 162 out of 1,000. "I am always happy to be recognized in a positive light," said LCHS principal Damon Dragos. But he takes the list with a form of cautious optimism because of the method used to rank the schools. "They do not look at the test results, but how many you order," Dragos said.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | December 1, 2005
Mountain Avenue Elementary celebrated being recognized as one of the top 10 percent of schools in the nation through the Blue Ribbon Schools award. School officials and administrators celebrated last week when representatives from the offices of Congressman David Dreier and Senator Jack Scott joined local dignitaries, including La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Anthony Portantino and La Cañada city council member Dave Spence, as well as Glendale Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Alice Petrossian, Superintendent Michael Escalante, Crescenta Valley Town Council members, PTA council president and former Mountain Avenue parent Patty Scripter, and school board president Mary Boger, and members Pam Ellis and Joylene Wagner.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | September 1, 2005
La Cañada schools show significant growth in the Academic Performance Index (API) scores released Wednesday. API is the state's accountability system that measures the academic success of a school on the basis of annual improvement. Also released Wednesday is the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) required through the No Child Left Behind Act. AYP is the federal government's accountability model. NCLB requires that all students, including those in special needs classes, must be at a proficient level or higher by the year 2014.
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