Report card on Chico schools

Several schools shine in API report

The average of test scores of students in the Chico Unified School District continued to rank above the state this year, with a couple of stand-out schools surpassing state targets.

As shown by the California Department of Education’s 2009 Growth Academic Performance Index (API) report, both Emma Wilson Elementary School and Chico Junior High School edged two points ahead of the 800-point target.

While Emma Wilson crept up 11 points to exceed the target, Chico Junior’s scores jumped by a larger margin of 32 points. The schools are among 11 in CUSD that exceeded the target. Another stand-out is Chico Country Day School, a charter whose test scores shot up by 33 points to 861—the second-highest ranking (behind Shasta Elementary School).

API scores are on a scale of 200 to 1,000 points. District-wide, API scores increased 10 points to 781. The state average is 755. For a full look of the rankings, visit