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May 25, 2010 > Kitayama School improves in rankings

Kitayama School improves in rankings

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Kitayama Elementary School improved its statewide ranking on the Academic Performance Index Report according to the California Department of Education.

Statewide rankings show how each school compares to all other schools in California. A rank of 10 means that a school is in the top 10 percent of all schools of its level (elementary, middle or high) statewide. A rank of 1 denotes the lowest 10 percent.

Kitayama, which last month was named a California Distinguished School, improved one spot in the statewide rankings, to an 8, reflecting the school's 35-point increase in overall API, announced last fall. A school's API score is a largely a product of STAR (Standardized Test and Results) tests taken the previous spring.

"This is another very deserved recognition for the Kitayama school community, under the leadership of Principal Lisa Metzinger," New Haven Unified School District Superintendent Kari McVeigh said. "The teachers and classified employees, the students and their parents all deserve a great deal of credit, and they all should be very proud."

Six other New Haven schools retained their rankings, and two others dropped one spot each. Cesar Chavez Middle cannot be compared to the prior year, Director of Assessment & Evaluation Craig Boyan explained, because of demographic changes that occurred when Barnard-White Middle was closed two years ago.

School-by-school statewide rankings: Alvarado Elementary 7, Eastin Elementary 9, Emanuele Elementary 4, Hillview Crest Elementary 4, Kitayama Elementary 8, Pioneer Elementary 8, Searles Elementary 4, Alvarado Middle 8, Cesar Chavez Middle 5, James Logan High 6. (Note: Conley-Caraballo High, as a small school, is subject to special reporting requirements).

Complete results are on the California Department of Education web site ( Using the pull-down menus, on "Level," click "District" or "School," then on "Subject," click "Academic Performance Index" and follow instructions.

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