In a school district led by a superintendent whom many parents feel at times appears to value test results over everything else, meeting the baseline of 800 on the Academic Performance Index (API) is a goal that all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District strive to reach.
After years of academic improvement amid a sea of instability, populated by a reduction in teachers and the possibility of a colocation, Grand View Boulevard Elementary School in Mar Vista crossed the 800-score line for the 2012-13 academic year, posting an 804 API.
Grand View Boulevard Elementary Principal Alfredo Ortiz credits his staff, the students and their parents for lifting the school past the 800 line.
The API score measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures.
LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer rejects the notion that Grand View was ever a “failing school.”
“I don’t worship test scores when they’re bad and I don’t worship them when they’re good,”  said Zimmer, who represents Mar Vista. “But this is proof positive of what we’ve believed for a long time: the success of Grand View would become evident in the scores.”
“We’ve always known that Grand View is an excellent school, with great leadership and excellent teachers.”
Grand View’s 804 score represents a jump of 29 points over a year. In 2008, when Ortiz became principal, the school’s API was 678.