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Over half of California schools hit academic score

LOS ANGELES — More than half of California's schools met the statewide academic achievement goal in 2012, the highest number ever, the education department announced Thursday.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said 53 percent of schools met or surpassed the Academic Performance Index target score of 800 this year, a 4 percentage point increase from last year.

The score, which is considered the single key achievement indicator for the state's public schools, has been steadily rising over the past decade. A decade ago, only 20 percent of schools met the target score.

"We've set a high bar for schools, and they have more than met the challenge, despite the enormous obstacles that years of budget cuts have put in their way," Torlakson said.

The performance index is calculated using a composite of results from different state standardized tests. Scoring ranges from 200 to 1,000.


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