Good news for Blue Oak

Struggling charter exceeds goal for standardized testing

Chico’s Blue Oak Charter School has had a difficult year. In January, it was denied a renewal of its charter by the Butte County Office of Education, and then in April Chico Unified School District approved it, but tentatively. It seems the Waldorf-style school wasn’t up to par, as far as state testing was concerned.

Well, the California Department of Education has some good news for Blue Oak in the form of the 2010-11 API (Academic Performance Index) scores. The school, which last year lagged behind even low-performing Chapman Elementary, bumped up its score well beyond the targeted 6 points to 732 (from an abysmal 674), putting it above Chapman, Citrus and McManus elementary schools.

The new score still falls below the California goal of 800. For more on the API results, or to check scores from other local schools, log onto