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Academic Performance Index (API)

The outdated cornerstone of California's Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999; measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures for 1999-2013.
Important Notice

On March 13, 2014, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved not to calculate the API for local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools for the 2014 and 2015 academic years. As a result, the 2014, 2015, and 2016 API reports will not be produced.

The SBE and the California Department of Education (CDE) are in the process of developing a new accountability system to replace the API to better measure our State's educational goals.

On September 8, 2016, the SBE approved key elements of a new school accountability system.

API Reports and Data Files

New API Information

 


Report of Survey Results on the Inclusion of New Indicators in the High School API

The California Department of Education (CDE) is developing new indicators to include in the high school API. Regional meetings were conducted and an online API Survey sought input on new indicators from administrators, teachers, parents, guardians, students, school board members, educational organizations, community members, and business leaders. The results of the survey can be found in the Report of Survey Results on the Inclusion of New Indicators in the High School API (PDF).

To access current information on the developmental process and decisions made on including new indicators into the API, please select the Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) link within the "Related Sites" section at the bottom of this Web page.

Previous API Documentation
Reports to the Legislature
Related Sites
Other API Information

CalEdFacts API Section
California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

Questions: Academic Accountability Team | aau@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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