The results are in for Walnut Creek schools.
While overall Walnut Creek schools continue to score above 800 -- considered by the state to mean students are working at grade level -- the city's two dominant school districts fell in actual points in the Academic Performance Index, or API.
Las Lomas High School was the only Walnut Creek to go up, by one point, on the API.
The results were released last week.
The API is based on standardized test scores taken by students in grades 2-11, and gives each school and district a number between 200 and 1,000, showing how schools throughout the state compare to one another. This year, 11 Contra Costa County districts achieved the 800-or-above goal, and four of the county's 18 districts saw an increase in their Academic Performance Index.
Mt. Diablo Unified scores fell overall by three points, from 794 to 791. Some of the district's Walnut Creek schools had double-digit declines, such as Bancroft Elementary going from 906 to 882.
Interim Superintendent John Bernard sent a message to the community said the district focus will be on Common Core curriculum standards.
"While an achievement gap, as evident on the current assessments, still exists for some of our subgroups and remains a great concern and considerable challenge, our schools continue to be dedicated to providing necessary support to ensure that every student achieves at the highest level," he said. "Administrators and teachers work collaboratively analyzing student achievement data in order to implement research proven strategies that target the needs of students."
In the Walnut Creek School District, the overall score fell from 915 to 906.
"We do consider any and all drops and create a plan for school improvement," said Superintendent Patty Wool. "The schools then work on their plan for the year. We can see areas to improve at all schools."
Those who fail to meet the No Child Left Behind standard for two years in a row are placed in federal Program Improvement and required to implement interventions. Walnut Creek School District and Mt. Diablo are in program improvement.
Walnut Creek School District will focus on partial implementation of the federal Common Core Standards this year. District officials will focus on informational text, text dependent questions and text complexity. Three parent meetings will be held to help parents learn the difference between the core standards and the state's previous requirements.
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