San Marino Unified School District
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For Immediate Release:  September 13, 2010
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San Marino State's Premier Unified School District for 7th Consecutive Year
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San Marino State's Premier Unified School District for 7th Consecutive Year
San Marino, CA - The California Department of Education announced this morning that 2010 California Standards Tests (CSTs) results indicate the San Marino Unified School District has earned a district Academic Performance Index (API) score of 949 out of a possible 1000. The SMUSD also met all Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmark indicators required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Therefore, for the seventh consecutive year, the SMUSD has earned the distinction as California's premier unified school district.

The API is a single number, ranging from a low of 200 to a high of 1000, which reflects a school's, and a district's performance level, based on the results of statewide testing. The API is calculated by converting a student's performance on statewide assessments across multiple content areas into points on the API scale. These points are then averaged across all students and all tests. Its purpose is to measure the academic performance and growth of schools. The API was established by the Public School Accountability Act, a landmark state law passed in 1999 that created a new academic accountability system for K-12 public schools in California.
The 2010 top scoring unified school districts in California include San Marino USD (Los Angeles) with an API of 949, La Canada USD (Los Angeles) with an API of 933, Manhattan Beach USD (Los Angeles) with an API of 926, Piedmont City USD (Alameda) and Palo Alto USD (Santa Clara) with an API of 925, Arcadia USD (Los Angeles) with an API of 922, San Ramon Valley USD (Contra Costa), Oak Park USD (Ventura), and Irvine USD (Orange) with an API of 916, Palos Verdes USD (Los Angeles) with an API of 912, and South Pasadena USD (Los Angeles) with an API of 911.

"We are proud of our teachers and our classified staff members who support instruction in exceptional ways. We understand our good fortune is a result of a team effort. Our community's support of the "Refuse to Lose" campaign clearly indicates the priority we place on our public schools. I am extremely proud of this effort!" commented SMUSD Superintendent, Gary W. Woods.

As SMUSD Board President, Dr. Jeng Yen, proclaimed, "On behalf of the Board of Education, we are extremely pleased and proud of our students, staff and community. Thank you for supporting "Refuse to Lose" during such a challenging time." 

Dr. Gary McGuigan, SMUSD Director of Instructional Services added, "Our API growth score of 949 attests to not only the overall excellence of the academic program, but also to the intellectual growth made by students during their years in the San Marino USD.  Our students, faculty, and support staff are to be commended for their hard work and dedication.  It truly is a team effort!"