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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The outdated cornerstone of California's Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999; measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic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 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 The information found on this Web page is outdated and should only be used for historical purposes.

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 | | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 1, 2017
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