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API Data Files

Downloadable data files, record layouts, and flag definitions for the Academic Performance Index (API).
Important Notice

On March 15, 2017, the State Board of Education (SBE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) launched a new accountability system to replace the Academic Performance Index (API) to better measure our State's educational goals. California's new accountability system is available at the California School Dashboard Web Page.

During the development process of the California School Dashboard (Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab.), the SBE approved to suspend the calculation of the API for local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools. As a result, the last API report was produced in 2013.

The Dashboard evaluates school performance based on multiple measures compared to the API that relied exclusively on standardized tests. In addition, new assessments were developed to measure progress on the common core standards and replaced the prior standardized tests. Therefore, the results of these two systems cannot be compared. The information found on this Web page is outdated and should only be used for historical purposes.

About Updates to Data

Instructions for downloading and file expansion

3-Year Average API (School-Level Only)
2013 Growth API
2012 Base API
2012 Growth API
2011 Base API
2011 Growth API
2010 Base API
2010 Growth API
2009 Base API
2009 Growth API
2008 Base API
2008 Growth API
2007 Base API
2007 Growth API
2006 Base API
2006 Growth API
2005 Base API
2004-05 Growth API
2004 Base API
2003-04 Growth API
2003 Base API
2002-03 Growth API
2002 Base API
2001-02 Growth API
2001 Base API
2000-01 Growth API
2000 Base API
1999-00 Growth API
1999 Base API
About Updates to Data
  • Reports and data files are based on test results of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA).
  • Reported data may change due to a number of factors, such as:
    • School districts correcting errors in demographic data
    • The California Department of Education (CDE) reviewing and identifying additional data errors
    • Schools identified as having incomplete data
Questions: Academic Accountability Team | aau@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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