State test results are due Friday
The California Department of Education announced Wednesday that it will release the annual, high-stakes test scores for the state’s schools on Friday. Each school will receive two report cards, one from the state and one from the federal government, which will tell how the students performed on the battery of tests taken last spring.
The test results will be particularly relevant for Madera Unified School Superintendent Gustavo Balderas. They represent the first state and federal assessments taken during his watch at the helm of MUSD.
The state report card will come with a numerical score, which is called an Academic Performance Index (API). The scores range from 200 to 1,000, with 800 being the state target. Once a school reaches and maintains a score of 800 or makes the expected progress toward that goal, it is not in danger of sanctions from the state.
The 2010-2011 API scores were a mixed bag for Madera Unified. Nine of its schools improved their scores over the previous year. The results for 14 schools, however, showed declines, and 11 of those declines were double-digit drops...