How The Rankings Work
Last Friday, schools serving the City of San Carlos found out how they ranked against other schools in California. Before looking at the results more carefully it does warrant repeating that scores are only a part of the picture when it comes to evaluating schools. To judge a school solely based on a score is always a dangerous proposition. In the world of real estate, school test scores tend to be the sole method of evaluation for many buyers. However, it is always a good idea to look at factors well beyond a published score.
The scores released and shown below are different than the Academic Performance Index (API) scores that are released annually at the end of each summer. The scores below show how schools ranked against other competing California schools.
The columns below are as follows:
2012 API Base Score: This column shows how each school performed on the 2012 API, with these scores being released at the start of the current school year.
2012 Statewide Rank: Each school was given a statewide ranking on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.
2012 Similar Schools Rank: Perhaps the most interesting category, each school was given a statewide ranking on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, on how that school performed against like schools with similar advantages and challenges.
Of special note, Carlmont High School was one of only four schools in San Mateo County to score a perfect 10 in both the 2012 Statewide Rank and the 2012 Similar Schools Rank. Please take a look at the chart below for a list of all schools that serve the City of San Carlos.