How are different groups of Oakland students performing compared with one another? This new school data web app tool, developed by GO and the Urban Strategies Council, allows us to go deeper into student data and begin to ask questions about how different groups of students are doing in the same schools.
Based on state standardized test results, the Academic Performance Index (API) score is a snapshot of how students are doing academically at a school. API scores are used to determine which schools are succeeding and which require interventions or even potential closure over time. Parents often consider API scores in choosing a school in Oakland’s open enrollment and charter school systems.
But a school’s overall API score does not necessarily tell the whole story of how students are doing in a school because of differences in the academic performance of different groups of students. This map makes it easy for parents, educators, and community members to understand how different student groups are performing compared to others.
Click here to view the beta version of the map, and please click on the question mark at the bottom of the map page to make suggestions for new data to add.
These API scores are from 2012-13 but will remain the only such scores for schools for at least the next year, because the state is transitioning to the new Common Core State Standards and piloting new tests. There will be no official API scores for 2013-14 or 2014-15 according to the California Department of Education. API scores should be available again in the 2015-16 school year.