Sonoma County Office of Education

Schools & Districts

Accountability & Testing

California uses a variety of testing and reporting programs to gauge the performance of individual students and/or assess the progress of school improvement. Student tests are aligned with the state standards and accountability reports conform to federal reporting requirements.

In 2015, California began utilizing the Smarter Balanced assessment system, which focuses on the California State Standards. Due to the transition to this new assessment system, some state accountability reports have been suspended or reconfigured.

Academic Performance Index (API) | Information | Reports
The API is a numeric scale that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000. A schoolís score or placement on the API is an indicator of its performance level. The stateís API target for all schools is 800. A schoolís growth is measured by how well it moves toward that goal.

API scores were not reported in 2015-16. Statewide and similar school rankings will no longer be included in the API reports.


Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) | Information | Reports
The AYP is aligned with federal accountability requirements. It assesses whether or not schools have met the minimum performance levels for the year. Schools are evaluated based on specific performance criteria and awarded a Yes/No status for each criteria.


Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) | Approved District LCAPs
Beginning in 2014-15, school districts must develop LCAPs that articulate and share the performance data, needs, actions, and anticipated outcomes that guide the use of state funding.


School Accountability Report Card (SARC) | Find a SARC
Every school is required to prepare an annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The purpose of the SARC is to inform the community about the conditions and progress being made at each local school.


Smarter Balanced Assessment | Information | Reports
The Smarter Balanced assessments focus on California Common Core Standards. In Spring 2014, the assessments were field-tested throughout California. Beginning in Spring 2015, the assessments are administered annually.


Standardized Testing And Reporting (STAR) | Information | Reports
STAR was the primary student testing program from 1998 to 2013, but has now been replaced by the Smarter Balanced system of assessment. During the transition period, some student tests are still being administered under the STAR program, including science tests for grades 5, 8, and 10.