Academic Performance Index (API)The outdated cornerstone of California's Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999; measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic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.
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 ), 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 The information found on this Web page is outdated and should only be used for historical purposes.
API Reports and Data Files
New API Information
- FAQs for Accountability Reporting
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) posed by schools, districts, and the public.
- FAQs for 2016 Accountability Reporting
- FAQs for 2015 Accountability Reporting
- FAQs for 2014 Accountability Reporting
- State Decile Ranks - Highest Cut Scores
- Descriptive Statistics and Correlation Tables for California's 2013 School Characteristics Index and Similar Schools Ranks (PDF)
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
- Executive Summary: Explaining the API (PDF)
- 2011 Base and 2012 Growth
- Construction of School Characteristics Index
and Similar Schools Ranks (PDF)
- API Prior Year Glossaries
Reports to the Legislature
- Alternative Methods in Place of Decile Rank for the API
as Required by California Education Code Section 52052.9(b)
- Recommendation on the Development of a Growth Model
as Required by California Education Code Section 52052.5(d)
- Recommendation of a Method to Emphasize Student Mastery of Standards in Science and Social Science
as Required by Education Code Section 52052.9
- Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA)
- Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
- Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM)