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High tests scores will produce several academic bald heads Friday at Santa Maria High School.
Administrators this year promised students they would shave their heads at a carnival if the young scholars increased their test scores to more than 700 on the Academic Performance Index (API) -- a formula that is used by the state to rank schools and performance.

Administrators will keep their word and the trust of all students. Principal Joe Domingues and three assistant principals will become shiny and smooth near the gym. The celebration will also include live music, games and other fun activities.

"Now is time to deliver on that promise,'' said SMHS Assistant Principal Paul R. Robinson, who oversees curriculum and instruction.

Domingues agreed.

"My bald head will represent pride and I am very proud of my students and staff as they work hard on the school's return to prominence,'' Domingues said.

SMHS previously had an API score of less than 700, making it the only school in the valley below the mark. Now, the Saints have climbed up the academic ladder and made themselves one of the most improved schools in the county. The state test includes English, math, science and social studies. The test starts at 200 and has a top score of 1000.

For a few years, the school had scores below others in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. But, Domingues and his staff have worked hard to motivate students.

The testing formula will soon be changing with the implementation of common core assessments and standards.

"The API growth surpassing the milestone of "700" is a testament to the efforts of all stakeholders associated with the school,'' said Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson.

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