Lodi Unified School District's Aspire charter schools join Elkhorn and Middle College High School to land among the state's top schools.
That was the result when the California Department of Education released its annual base academic performance score and the public school ranks on Thursday. It marks the start of the state's annual reporting cycle of academic growth and achievement.
In addition to school rank, the report also includes a school's base Academic Performance Index score and growth targets. The growth API report, which will be released in early fall, includes the growth API, growth achieved and whether or not targets were met.
It is the second of these two reports that determines whether a school met or exceeded its growth target, and whether it may be identified for participation in state intervention programs designed to help a school improve its academic performance.
Many of Lodi Unified's schools exhibited strong achievement API, said Ed Eldridge, the district's assessment coordinator.
Specifically, 10 schools had a base API of at least 800 points, while another eight schools earned a base API between 750 and 799. In all, 34 schools — more than 70 percent of the district's campuses — received a base API of at least 800 points.
"With the amount of schools with a current base API within 100 points of the district's goal of every school receiving an 800 API, we are on are way to making this a reality," Eldridge said.
In addition, two types of API ranks were released, a statewide rank and a similar schools rank. A school's base API is used to determine its rank.
A school's statewide rank is based on the school's Base API, and is calculated separately for three types of schools: elementary, middle and high schools.
Ranks are established by deciles. Each decile contains 10 percent of all schools of each type.
All three of the Aspire schools located in Lodi Unified — Aspire River Oaks Academy, Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, and Aspire Vincent Shalvey Academy, — received a 10 out of 10 in similar schools ranking.
In addition, Aspire Vincent Shalvey Academy is the only elementary school in the district to receive a perfect 10 in school ranking, making it one of the top performing schools in the state.
"We are thrilled that Aspire Vincent Shalvey Academy earned a 10 on both similar schools and state rank, indicating that we are educating local students with the highest quality of public education in the state," Principal Karla Fachner said in a written statement.
"These great results are a result of Aspire students, parents, teachers and administrators who work tirelessly every day to ensure that our students are headed to 'College for Certain.'"
Other stand-out schools in this year's report include Manlio Silva and Vinewood elementary schools.
At the high school level, both Lodi and Tokay's scores remained relatively unchanged from last year.
In Galt, Liberty Ranch made its first appearance on the list since its opening, ranking among the top 30 percent of schools statewide. Galt High remained in the 50th percentile.
Elementary schools also saw average scores, with three of the district's campuses landing among the top 30 percent. They include McCaffrey Middle, Marengo Ranch Elementary and Lake Canyon Elementary.
When comparing this year's similar school rankings to last year, every school had a higher ranking, said Galt Joint Union Elementary District Superintendent Karen Schauer.
Elsewhere in the area, Oak View Elementary ranks among the top 20 percent.
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