About 100 Sonora Elementary School third- and fourth-graders paraded by their classmates Friday morning, slapping hands and receiving praise while Queen’s “We are the Champions” blared in the background.
You’d think they just won some kind of local championship.
Well, in fact, they did better than the rest of Orange County, but it wasn’t in sports.
According to state Academic Performance Index scores released last week, Sonora Elementary’s 110-point leap in performance index scores topped the growth of any other elementary school in Orange County.
Sonora Elementary’s academic performance index score is 819.
“We were really only shooting for 50 points,” Sonora Principal Christine Anderson said. “We were absolutely thrilled by the growth.”
A school’s index score is the state’s performance indicator — the scores range from 200 to 1000 — and are calculated using state standardizes tests and high school exit exam results. California and the federal governmentshare a goal to have all schools at least proficient (a score of 800) in math and English by 2014.