Better test scores among disadvantaged and underrepresented minority students contributed to a bump in the "Academic Performance Index" score of Palo Alto schools, which was publicly released Thursday, Oct. 11, by the California Department of Education.
District-wide, Palo Alto's score jumped from 926 to 934, making it the sixth-ranking K-12 district in California.
The five K-12 districts coming in ahead of Palo Alto were San Marino, at 954; La Canada at 950; Piedmont at 938; Manhattan Beach at 937 and Sunol Glen at 936.
Palo Alto logged API growth "across all numerically significant subgroups, with the greatest API gains across students who are socio-economically disadvantaged, Hispanic and English learners," the district stated in a press release.
Fourteen of Palo Alto's 17 individual campuses -- all but Addison, Hoover and Nixon elementary schools -- saw API gains.
Although Hoover's score remained unchanged from last year it was still good enough to make it the fifth highest-scoring elementary school in California.
Palo Alto's three middle schools are among the top 55 highest-scoring in California, and Gunn and Palo Alto high schools respectively were the 27th and 49th highest-scoring on the API.
The API score reflects school-wide and district-wide performance on California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program and on the California High School Exit Exam.