API testing has not been in California for that many years. I believe it started about 15 years ago. Before API scores, folks made purchase decisions based on house type, neighborhood feeling, home price, etc. I've seen some school scores increase dramatically over the 15 years. Perhaps it has been a combination of teacher effort, parent involvement, and student focus that caused this. As a parent, I believe we are the group that can have the biggest impact on our children's lives, and their long term happiness, education, and contribution to our society.
As for housing prices, time will tell if it makes any difference.
Alain Pinel Realtors
Let's hope that happens ... but I have my doubts.