On the website for each school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, there is a School Accountability Report Card that has valuable information, including salaries, test scores, expenditure per pupil and more.
The report card also includes the "Academic Performance Index Ranks."
I like these because they show where a particular school rates compared with similar schools in the state on a 1-to-10 scale. A 1 means the school's API score is in the lowest 10% of all schools in the state, according to the district's website. A 10 means the school's API score is in the highest 10% in the state.
One year ago, I wrote, "At Pomona, Whittier and Wilson elementary schools, the latest reported Academic Performance Index rankings (2008) all have a statewide ranking of 2 on a scale from 1 to 10. Whittier has gone backward, having ranked as high as 4 in 2006. In 2006, Pomona and Wilson ranked 1 and 2, respectively" ("City Life: Education as an investment").