Downey Unified School District’s API score of 801 not only topped the statewide API (Academic Performance Index) average score of 788 in tests conducted last spring but those of every other bordering district.
The scores were announced recently by the California Department of Education, which expressed its satisfaction at the fact that, for the first time since the testing program began in 1999, a majority of schools reached or exceeded the state’s target of 800 on the index.
The state agency said that 53 percent of all schools scored above the 800 mark. In this group are 59 percent of all elementary schools, and 49 percent of all middle schools. Only 30 percent of high schools, however, hit the target.