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Eighty-three IUSD seniors are among nation’s elite as Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Approximately 16,000 of the nation’s best and brightest high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the pursuit of scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corp. – and 83 of them attend schools right here in Irvine. In Orange County alone, 278 students earned the prestigious distinction, as The Orange County Register reports.

IUSD posts an API score of 916, moves to the top of the list of state’s large school districts

This week, the state released its Academic Performance Index scores for 2010, and IUSD quietly earned the top spot among California’s larger school systems. For those not familiar with the API, the index was designed to show year-to-year improvement by annually assigning triple-digit scores to schools and districts. These figures, which range from 200 to 1,000, are based on standardized tests taken by students in the spring, as well as graduation rates at the high school level.

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