This year, Whittier Union officials said they introduced a “Whatever it Takes’ campaign designed to give students the tools for high school success from their first day on campus. “All of the initiatives we have undertaken on our campuses share the same goal: student achievement,’ Thorstenson said. “I am grateful to work with a staff and a board that is committed to working collaboratively to create a high quality of education for students.’ Tracy Garcia can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We are grateful to the Board of Supervisors for the recognition of our student’s and staff’s hard work,’ said school board President Jeff Baird, who was on hand with fellow board member Leighton Anderson and Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson to receive the proclamation in downtown Los Angeles. “We are very pleased with our progress on the API, and we will keep working to make our schools even better,’ Baird added. The API is the state’s measure for academic achievement, assigning scores from 200 to 1,000 to every school and every district. The scores are based on tests taken by students in grades 2-11 in the spring. Every year, schools are required to meet academic improvement goals, even within each significant student subgroup. The subgroups are classified by race, socioeconomic status, and whether students are English-language learners or disabled. The Whittier Union district’s impressive improvement on the API comes at a time when many schools are struggling to stay off the state’s list of failing schools, referred to as “program improvement.’ LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe honored the Whittier Union High School District Tuesday with a proclamation from the Board of Supervisors for showing the most gains among 80 county districts on this year’s Academic Performance Index (API). The district, which has about 12,000 high-schoolers, saw a 48-point improvement on its 2005 API, increasing from a 629 score in 2004 to 677 this year. It also exceeded state and federal academic improvement goals for each school and each significant student subgroup at every school. “This is an extraordinary accomplishment for Whittier Union,’ Knabe said. “I commend (everyone at the district) for their hard work and dedication.’ In addition, API scores at each Whittier Union high school collectively shot up 454 points from last year, officials said.