Hacienda La Puente Unified cracks 800 level in API

The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District has cracked the 800 level in the Academic Performance Index, the target set by the state for student proficiency.

Student testing data shows the district, the largest in the San Gabriel Valley, improved from 791 last year to 802 API. Almost 75 percent of the schools in the two-community district either met growth targets or saw API scores rise.

Of the 20 school districts serving the Valley, 40 percent met or exceeded the state API target of 800 (the highest possible score is 1,000), so Hacienda La Puente is in the top echelon of local school districts for student achievement.

“We are very pleased and proud of what our students have done,” said Superintendent Barbara Nakaoka.

Out of the district’s 35 schools, all but six saw increases in their API scores. The biggest drop occurred at Sierra Vista Middle School, which declined by 30 points.

Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story API.

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