Skid Row Schools See Near 100 Point API Increase Over Past Three Years

Para Los Niños Charter Middle and Elementary Schools Closing the Achievement Gap for Impoverished Latino Students in Most Recent California Academic Performance Index.

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Skid Row Schools See Near 100 Point API Increase Over Past Three Years

Para Los Niños Charter Middle and Elementary Schools Closing the Achievement Gap for Impoverished Latino Students in Most Recent California Academic Performance Index

Los Angeles (August 29, 2013)—Para Los Niños, a nationally accredited and recognized Los Angeles-based education and social services agency, registered significant growth in the Academic Performance Index (API) scores of its charter schools, with the elementary school jumping 24 points and the middle school surpassing the 800-point mark. Over the past three years, each school’s score has increased by nearly 100 points. Para Los Niños outperformed comparable schools and clearly demonstrated that academic achievement is not out of reach for disadvantaged youth. Para Los Niños’ student body is 99 percent Latino, 99 percent low-income, and includes a disproportionate number of English language learners living in the most impoverished communities in Los Angeles.

“Para Los Niños is closing the achievement gap for children living in extreme poverty,” said Martine Singer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Para Los Niños. “These impressive API gains demonstrate that our educational model, which immerses children in rigorous learning and enriching environments, is working. At every school site families have access to supportive services, and parents are deeply involved in their children’s education.”

Since 2010, Para Los Niños Charter Middle School has improved its API score by 95 points to reach a score of 803, which exceeds California’s statewide API goal of 800. Para Los Niños Charter Elementary School improved its score by 97 points, for a current API of 796. By comparison, Para Los Niños outperformed other neighborhood public schools and LAUSD California averages in all relevant measures.

The Charter Middle School API score easily surpassed area schools serving the same population by 105 points, and the Charter Elementary School exceeded its peer schools by 89 points. The Para Los Niños schools also exceeded the LAUSD K-12 average (API: 749), the LAUSD Hispanic average (API: 728), the LAUSD Socioeconomically Disadvantaged average (API: 736) and the LAUSD English Learners average (API: 706).

The Academic Performance Index (API) is a measurement of academic performance and progress of individual schools in California and is a main component of the Public Schools Accountability Act passed by the California legislature in 1999. It is considered a barometer of a school’s overall achievement and determined by standardized testing.
“The credit for a near 100 point jump at both our elementary and middle schools goes to our students, all of whom are focused on reaching the highest levels of academic achievement, and to their teachers and parents,” said Titus Campos, Superintendent of Schools at Para Los Niños.

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