The following information is from MercuryNews.com. Click here for complete story. Use the pull down menus on the web page to get API scores, State Rank, and Similar Schools Rank for California schools.
Interpretation of rankings: California public school rankings, which are released each spring, range from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. The rankings are evenly distributed by school level; in other words, 10 percent of elementary schools in California earn a 1, and 10 percent earn a 10. Statewide rankings are based purely on test scores (the Academic Performance Index, or API). "Similar schools" rankings compare the scores of each school to those of 99 others with similar demographic profiles.
In some districts -- including Albany, Castro Valley, Dublin, Pleasanton and Piedmont in Alameda County and Acalanes Union, Lafayette, Moraga and San Ramon in Contra Costa County -- every school was ranked in the top half of the statewide heap, with a 6 or higher.
Similar school (SS) rankings for SFUSD middle schools are very interesting:
SS Ranking 10: Roosevelt (API 864)
SS Ranking 9: none
SS Ranking 8: none
SS Ranking 7: none
SS Ranking 6: Aptos (API 829), Marina (API 806)
SS Ranking 5: none
SS Ranking 4: Giannini (API 874), Vis Valley (API 691)
SS Ranking 3: Presidio (API 871), MLK (API 710), ISA (API 620)
SS Ranking 2: Mann (API 653)
SS Ranking 1: Hoover (API 821), Lick (API 726), Denman (API 722), Francisco (API 707), Everett (API 607)
With the majority of our middle schools in the bottom of the similar schools ranking, it looks like SFUSD has a long way to go to provide Quality Middle Schools for All. It will be interesting to hear their take on "Quality" and how they intend to achieve it (without relying solely on demographic musical chairs) when they present to the BOE later this month.