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Academic Performance

The state of California has several standard measurements of a public school’s academic performance, progress and condition. These measurements include the Standardized Testing and Reporting Results or STAR test, the School Accountability Report Card or SARC and the Academic Performance Index (API) and the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Currently, the Common Core State Standards initiative is establishing a new set of academic standards, to be evaluated via the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests. For more information about Common Core and SBAC, please visit the CVUSD Common Core information and resource page.

STAR Tests

At Independent Elementary School, students in grades 2 through 5 have previously taken multiple choice STAR tests in reading, language arts, mathematics and science. The STAR tests measured students’ progress toward achieving California’s state-adopted academic content standards, which described what students should know and be able to do in each grade and subject tested. View Independent Elementary School’s 2013 STAR tests results.

School Accountability Report Cards (SARC)

The School Accountability Report Card or SARC contains information about the condition and performance of each California public school. View the SARC for Independent Elementary School.

The California Department of Education also provides A Parent's Guide to the SARC describing the requirements and information contained the SARC.

Academic Performance Index (API) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

Both of these results are intended for schools to use in administering their academic accountability programs to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The API accounts for such things as demographics, participants in gifted or talented education programs, percentage in free or reduced-price lunch programs, percentage of fully credentialed teachers, average class size, and average parent education level among other statistics. View Independent Elementary’s API figures.

AYP measures proficiency among various demographic groups in English/Language Arts and Math. View Independent Elementary’s AYP figures.