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Flag Definitions for the 2011 Growth API Data File

Flag values and definitions for the 2011 Growth Academic Performance Index (API) Data File.

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This school's proportion of students excused at parent request compared to its 2011 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program enrollment on the first day of testing is equal to or greater than 10 percent.

When a school's proportion of parental waivers is equal to or greater than 10 but less than 20 percent, the California Department of Education (CDE) conducts standard statistical tests to check whether the pupils tested at the school were representative of the entire school's population. This school failed the statistical test or its proportion of parental waivers in 2011 is 20 percent or greater, therefore, the school does not have a valid Academic Performance Index (API) for 2011.


This school (or the district on behalf of the school) has certified to the CDE that during the 2011 STAR testing an adult irregularity in testing procedure occurred at the school affecting 5 percent or more of pupils tested. Therefore, this school does not have a valid API for 2011.

For at least one 2011 STAR content area used in the API, this school failed to test a significant proportion of students who were not exempt from testing in 2011.


In 2011, this school had fewer than 11 valid 2011 STAR test scores. No reliable API can be calculated with so few scores.

2011 Growth API is not reported for the LEA and/or school because there was a decrease of more than 20 percent of students continuously enrolled from the 2010 Base API to the 2011Growth API.
School has California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) results but no valid STAR results. No reliable API can be calculated.

All subgroup data have been suppressed because the LEA has informed the CDE of a potential data error in at least one race or ethnicity category. The CDE will publish the API for these student groups after demographic changes are made available.


The data for one or more of the following three groups has been suppressed because there was a decrease of more than 20 percent from the 2010 Base API to the 2011Growth API or the LEA reported a potential data error in one or more of these groups:

  • Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
  • English Learners
  • Students with Disabilities

The CDE will publish the API for these student groups, after demographic data corrections are made available.

Questions: Academic Accountability Team | | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Monday, July 27, 2015

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