Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools received a combined score of 820 on the Academic Performance Index tests, well above the state average, according to the results released this week.
The 32 schools, from elementary to high school, scored above the statewide target of 800 points on the test's scale of 200 to 1,000 points. Last year, the combined total was 811 points.
There were disparities, particularly among schools in Newport Beach and certain sections of Costa Mesa.
Among the top-performing elemetnary schools were Mariners at 946, Newport Coast at 949 and Andersen at 934.
Lower-performing elementary schools included Rea at 712, Whittier at 722 and Pomona at 725.
Although the combined score was above average, College Park, Eastbluff, Newport, Paularino, Victoria and Woodland elementary schools dropped between 10 and 20 points over the 2009 results.