Twelve out of the 15 schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) are in the top 10 percent of schools statewide, according to API (Academic Performance Index)statistics released Friday from the California Department of Education.
Two of Pleasanton's schools -- Alisal Elementary and Lydiksen Elementary -- are ranked in the top 20 percent, according to California education officials.
"I think we're doing great, but as always, there's room for improvement. We'd like to be 10-10 across the board, and when our data comes back from the current testing, we'll be delving into that to see where we can get better," said school district spokeswoman Myla Grasso. That data will be available in August.
Pleasanton's overall API score of 901 is 147 points higher than the state average of 754, with every school in the district doing above average. Village High tested too few students for the education department to rank. The goal for California schools statewide is to achieve a score of 800 or better.
The average API score for elementary schools across the state is 788; every elementary in the Pleasanton district scored more than 100 points higher than that statewide average, with the exception of Alisal Elementary, which scored 97 points higher than average.
Middle schools in California average an API score of 741 points, and all three middle schools in the PUSD scored at least 150 points better than the statewide average.
The average API for high schools in California is 714. Amador Valley, with a score of 889, is 150 points above that. Foothill High, with a score of 889, is 160 points above average.
Village High scored 629, below the statewide average of 714, but because the school tested just only 50 students, it could not be ranked against other schools. The California Department of Education requires at least 100 valid tests to be included in the rankings.
Despite the less than average score, Grasso said Village High is also doing great compared to other continuation high schools in the state, those schools with struggling students.
Pleasanton schools averaged higher than every school district in Alameda County except the Piedmont City Unified, which scored an average of 921.
In Contra Costa County, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District had an average of 913.
Scores for all California schools can be found through this link.