AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Elementary schools ranked 5 and above increased 10.8 percent since 1999; middle schools increased 3.7 percent and high schools 8.1 percent. “I think the slight decline (at elementary schools) was reflected early on when test results came out last August, because the third grade scores were flat, and I think that is reflected here,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent of planning, assessment and research at LAUSD. “Elementary schools are improving at a more rapid pace and we’re getting more up in the two highest state ranks of 9 and 10, middle schools are improving at a steady pace and for high schools between 2004-05 saw an increase, so I’m hoping the 2006 scores will show the increasing trend for high schools.” Education officials attributed the strong performance of high schools to the emphasis placed on having students pass the California High School Exit Exam. The CAHSEE results are included in API results for high schools. “For high schools to increase the state rank…shows they are making some gains. Because they’re passing the CAHSEE contributed to the scores going up,” Wong said. “I think our high schools are on the right road. They have a long way to go, but continue to improve.” Statewide, schools continued to make strides toward reaching the goal of 800 points on the state achievement test, which scores between 200 and 1,000 points. The percentage of the state’s schools at or above 800 rose from the year before, with 31.6 percent of elementary schools at or above the benchmark; 20.7 percent of middle schools and 11.8 percent of high schools. San Fernando Valley Schools continued to show impressive gains over last year. About 49 percent of the valley’s elementary schools scored 6 or above on the rankings as did 35.7 percent of middle schools and 31.8 percent of high schools. High schools showed the most impressive gains, with nearly 7 percent more schools ranked 6 or higher. The number of LAUSD elementary and middle schools that scored a 1 increased over last year. About 18 percent of the elementary schools and 37 percent of middle schools scored a 1 – both up three percentage points from last year. High schools bucked the trend, with 25 percent scoring a 1, down five percentage points from last year. There will always be schools ranked 1 and 10 because of the nature of the decile system. Ten percent of schools will always be in each decile, but the range of scores included in each decile has increased over time. In neighboring Ventura County, roughly 75 percent of schools posted APIs of 800 or better, up from 33 percent last year. Conejo Valley Unified, Moorpark Unified and Oak Park posted districtwide scores over 800. Of those 186 local schools, thirty five scored in the top 10 percent of schools statewide. Twenty-four schools are currently ranked in the top 20 percent in the state. Overall, 60 percent of schools scored in the top half of the statewide ranking. “The results show again that our schools are performing better than the average school in California,” said Charles Weis, county superintendent of schools. “I’m very pleased and proud … the schools are doing a great job.” Weis said he was particularly impressed with how the high schools are performing. Foothill Technology in Ventura, Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley and Moorpark High School in Moorpark are perfect 10, 10s. “Our high schools are doing amazingly well,” he added. In Conejo Valley, three of four middle schools – Colina, Sequoia and Redwood – posted a pair of 10s.— Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Reflecting statewide trends, the number of Los Angeles Unified elementary and middle schools scoring in the top half of California’s annual Academic Performance Index ranking dropped slightly, while high schools made stronger gains. The rankings released today showed that the number of elementary and middle schools that scored 6 and above on a scale of 1-10 remained steady or dipped slightly compared to last year, but more high schools were able to move into the top 40 percent of the state’s schools. The district’s schools struggled to reach the benchmark of 800, with a total of 96 schools – out of 629 schools districtwide – reaching the goal, and the majority were elementary schools. Lasat year, 69 schools had reached and exceeded 800 points. But overall, the district’s elementary schools – the target of widespread policy, resources and professional development aimed at increasing achievement – continue to show the greatest improvement in rank since the state accountability test began in 1999, district officials said.