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API scores: School Quality in Snapshot Format

In addition to releasing state Academic Performance Index numbers on Thursday, the California Department of Education is also debuting an easy-to-read School Quality Snapshot

It’s a brightly-colored report – full of graphs and pie charts – designed to simplify and aggregate key information about a school in one place.

Deb Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, said the purpose of the snapshot is to gather a set of data that would have previously required parents to visit multiple websites to compile.

She added: “This will be a great tool for schools and districts to use as they communicate to their communities and their staffs about the performance of their schools.”

The focal point of the report is the Academic Performance Index – or API – but the two-page report goes well beyond that.

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