Accountability & Testing

School and District Reports

This is the gateway to the California Department of Education’s data reports. Information is available for individual schools and districts.


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 school’s score or placement on the API is an indicator of its performance level. The state’s API target for all schools is 800. A school’s growth is measured by how well it moves toward that goal.

API scores will next be 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.

California will not produce AYP reports for elementary and middle schools in 2014. AYP reports for high schools will be produced, although those reports will be based on limited data.


Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) | Approved District LCAP

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

The Smarter Balanced assessments focus on California Common Core Standards. In Spring 2014, the assessments were field-tested throughout California. No scores were issued from the 2014 tests. Beginning in Spring 2015, the assessments will be administered annually. Scores will be issued and integrated into the state’s accountability reports.


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STAR was the primary student testing program from 1998 to 2013, but has now been replaced by the Smarter Balanced system of assessment.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.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Data

2014-15 Results

2015-16 Results (unavailable)
Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.