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California school district surpasses Base API benchmark

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012 15:28 PM

Every spring, young Californians in grades two through eleven sit for the California Standards Tests (CST), which are part of the California STAR Testing Program, according to the state’s Department of Education. As CST scores are now being released, several school districts have reason to celebrate.

Among them is the Laguna Beach Unified School District, which recently announced that its students exceeded California’s benchmark for excellence thanks to high CST scores. The benchmark is set at 800, which the District surpassed with a Base Academic Performance Index (API) of 904.

According to a District press release, the Base API is based on statewide test scores and is used to gauge schools’ performance levels. Laguna Beach’s high score is the result of students' knowledge of academic subjects like reading, history, math and science, as well as the hard work done by members of the District community.

"Laguna Beach Unified School District continues its upward trajectory, thanks to a strong, visionary school board, excellent principals, outstanding teachers, staff and students who are supported by our families and community," said Sherine Smith, the District’s superintendent.