Sierra Madre School Again Tops in API in PUSD

Posted 10/16/12 – Student achievement in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) remained steady, according to the 2011-2012 Academic Performance Index (API) growth results released today by the California Department of Education (CDE). Washington Accelerated Elementary saw the biggest increase among PUSD schools with a 49 point jump to score an 810 and cross the 800 API score threshold. National Blue Ribbon School Hamilton Elementary scored 901 this year, joining Sierra Madre School as the second school in the district to score above 900. Sierra Madre gained four points to score 912 this year, the highest in the district. The API measures the academic performance and growth of schools across a variety of measures.

“I congratulate the schools that had impressive increases in their API scores, but I recognize that there is still room for improvement, especially among our schools that lost ground this year,” said PUSD Superintendent Jon R. Gundry. “We are taking proactive steps to emphasize science and math and to rewrite the curriculum so that it integrates 21st century learning.”