State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi on Tuesday released Academic Performance Index scores for each school in Oklahoma.
The list has been posted at http://sde.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/API2011.pdf.
“While this number takes into account multiple metrics, it is difficult for parents and those in the community to derive the impact of what these scores mean,” Barresi said. “We look forward to the implementation of our A through F grading system in our schools, so everyone -- parents, community members, grandparents and business leaders -- can work together with educators towards continuous improvement of schools.”
The Academic Performance Index, which ranges from 0 to 1,500, includes state math and reading test results averaged by attendance counts at the elementary level. The API also takes into account ACT results, college remediation for math and English, Advanced Placement participation and graduation and drop-out rates at the secondary school level. The scores are used to determine if a school has made Adequate Yearly Progress as required by the federal No Child Left Behind ACT. Schools that fail to meet AYP face a number of sanctions.