Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

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The outdated cornerstone of California's Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999; measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic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
Related Content
  • Accountability Progress Reporting (APR)
    California's integrated accountability system that reports both the state Academic Performance Index (API), and the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Program Improvement (PI).
Recently Posted in Accountability
  • Suspension and English Learner Indicator (PDF) (added 24-Feb-2017)
    Provides technical information, such as the data source, calculation methodology, and rules used to calculate the Suspension and English Learner Progress Indicators.
  • The California Model Academic Indicator (PDF) (added 22-Feb-2017)
    Understanding the Academic Indicator and performance levels for the California Model.
  • CA School Dashboard Orientation Tour (PDF) (added 17-Feb-2017)
    California School Dashboard Orientation Tour
  • CA Dashboard Core Messages (DOC) (added 15-Feb-2017)
    Outline of basic themes that can be useful in developing communications tools at the local level.
  • CA Dashboard Key Points (DOC) (added 15-Feb-2017)
    Sample language for districts and schools to use when discussing the Dashboard in meetings or in reports and other documents.