API shows public schools show improvement

August 31, 2011 10:19:04 PM PDT
There is some encouraging education news in California. The number of public schools reaching basic standards has increased.

Results released Wednesday show 49 percent of public schools reached or exceeded the state target on the Academic Performance Index or API. That's a 3-percent increase over last year.

A school's API is determined by a student's performance on statewide assessment tests. Despite the improvement, officials say 913 more schools could face sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind law for failing to reach government benchmarks.

California now has nearly 3,900 schools that are required to take action to improve test scores.