New Rating Index Seeks to Help With More Than Just Raising Test Scores

Six California school districts have joined forces to reestablish how schools are ranked.

The School Quality Improvement Index — SQII or “squee” — could replace the Academic Performance Index.

API is a 1,000-point scale based on test scores. The new SQII is a 100-point scale that takes into account other factors like truancy rates, expulsions and suspensions as well as parent satisfaction, student behavior and teacher feedback.

San Francisco and Oakland unified are two of the districts hoping to change how schools are measured and to be able to see how schools can improve in other areas besides just standardized tests.

“It provides a more holistic approach to looking at school performance,” said Devin Dillon, Oakland Unified chief academic officer. “It kind of levels the playing field.”


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