According to the state Department of Education's recently released rankings, Sonoma Valley's public schools still lag behind state standards.
Sonoma schools performed in the bottom 50-percent in statewide rankings, with the exception of , which placed in the top 40-percent with a score of "6" and the which was in the top 30-percent.
, and received a "1," the lowest ranking, placing them in the bottom 10-percent of similar California schools.
The Academic Performance Index (API) is compiled annually from several tests, including the STAR program (Standardized Testing and Reporting). Scores are calculated on a scale of 200 to 1,000, with a statewide target of 800.
On average, district schools saw moderate gains to meet target scores, but two large drops - (-39) and (-44) - created the overall lag.
The Public Schools Accountability Act mandates that most schools improve their scores by a minimum of five points; goals are measured by the difference between the 800-point standard and the school's prior scores.
In Sonoma, six schools met their growth target; four - , , , and - did not.
(Creekside High is held to a different standard, because it is an alternative school.)
Because of variations in student body, the Department of Education warns against tracking scores year to year; the more revealing question is whether a school consistently meets its growth targets, or if the amount of growth from one fall to the next is significant. Growth is determined by comparing spring results with scores released the following fall.
The statewide average API score was 768, according to the Department of Education. For elementary schools it was 800, while it was 765 for middle schools and 729 for high schools. The target API score set by the state is 800.
The average for schools in the was 733, up one point from 2009.
Thursday's numbers are baseline results from testing last spring. In the fall, the state will release data, based on recent tests, on how well schools are meeting targets for improvement.
Read more about how API scores are compiled and calculated here.
2010 2009 Sonoma Valley Unified School District Average 733 732 Elementary Schools
Dunbar 767 728 El Verano 732 719 Flowery 688 672 Prestwood 817 833 Sassarini 701 745 Sonoma Charter School 843 821 Woodland Star School 682 721 Middle Schools
Adele Harrison 748 757 Altimira 732 705 High Schools
Sonoma Valley High School 730 736 Creekside High School 474 409