Many Buyers in my market area (Silicon Valley, CA) will research schools to decide where they want to buy. Unfortunately the Acronym Zoo makes it difficult to actually dig out the truly relevant information. In a small effort to help with this I’ve put together the following basic descriptions of each of the normal acronyms used.

APR (AccountabilityProgress Reporting) is the California State mandated system to measure current performance of schools.

API (Academic Performance Index) is the result of the measurement process and is a unique number for each school.

AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress ) and PI (Program Improvement) reports are the results of a Federally mandated program with a different focus.

API measures the performance and progress of a school based on statewide tests at grades 2 through 12. It produces a numerical rating between 200 and 1,000. Depending on the current rating, each school receives a target for improvement over the following year, expressed as a percentage. The higher the current score the lower the percentage increase required until at 800 the requirement is to maintain that score.

AYP is used to drive and monitor progress toward a common goal for all schools. This goal is that all schools must have 100% of students achieve proficiency in English-language arts, and mathematics by 2014.

To truly understand how to interpret these go to the California Dept of Education site. This will give links to details for all these and related systems.

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