Pleasanton schools did well on the state's Academic Performance Index (API) tests, but some areas still need work, according to state documents and local officials.
Overall, the district's average climbed by 5 points, and all schools except for Village High are well above the state's goal, a score of 800 or better. Pleasanton's API average is 906; in 2009 its score was 901.
Seven Pleasanton schools made advances with some gaining 10 points or more, including Hearst and Vintage Hills elementary schools, and Harvest Park and Pleasanton middle schools. Three schools -- Mohr Elementary, Hart Middle and Foothill High -- scored the same as last year.
API scores dropped at four elementary schools: Fairlands, Lydiksen, Valley View and Walnut Grove, with Valley View dropping 9 points.
Overall math and science scores have been going up, according to Cindy Galbo, assistant superintendent of educational services. She said 85 percent of eighth-graders are taking algebra, with 70 percent scoring proficient or advanced; and 7 percent of eighth-graders are taking geometry, with 100 percent proficient or advanced.
"In science, 90 percent of our fifth-graders are proficient or advanced, which are some of the highest scores in the state," Galbo said.
Galbo traced the drops at some schools to three subgroups.
"Our socio-economically disadvantaged students are significantly below the rest of our population," she said. "And then our students with disabilities, they score below average."
She said the third group is Hispanics. But, Galbo said, all three groups have been the focus of extra attention from the district and the problem with all three groups is statewide, not just in Pleasanton, where some gains have been made.
"We see success. Our subgroups are improving," Galbo said. "There's still a gap, but the scores are going up."
Due to an error made by the state, Village High shows a drop of 102 points, Galbo explained.
"We've resubmitted our data to the state and they'll recalculate the score," she said.
PLEASANTON SCORES FOR 2009, 2010
Pleasanton USD 901 (2009) 906 (2010)
Alisal Elementary 885 (2009) 893(2010)
Donlon Elementary 924 (2009) 930 (2010)
Fairlands Elementary 947 (2009) 944 (2010)
Hearst Elementary 941 (2009) 951 (2010)
Lydiksen Elementary 903 (2009) 898 (2010)
Mohr Elementary 961 (2009) 961 (2010)
Valley View Elementary 911 (2009) 902 (2010)
Vintage Hills Elementary 922 (2009) 934 (2010)
Walnut Grove Elementary 930 (2009) 924 (2010)
Hart Middle 899 (2009) 899 (2010)
Harvest Park Middle 921 (2009) 933 (2010)
Pleasanton Middle 922 (2009) 932 (2010)
Amador Valley High 879 (2009) 883 (2010)
Foothill High 889 (2009) 889 (2010)
Village High* 629 (2009) 527 (2010)
*This API score is currently under review. Revised CAHSEE data has been submitted to the CDE that may cause the API to be recalculated upward