‘The data is miserable’: LAUSD board members rake academic officer over the coals for ‘crisis’ in test scores
LA Unified’s chief academic officer came before board members Tuesday with an upbeat-titled report called “Breaking Our Own Records,” but instead of resting on the improvement in overall test scores, the four school board members in attendance grilled her for nearly two hours throwing out terms like “frustrating,” “depressing” and “disappointing” and saying the district is...
By Mike Szymanski | September 13, 2016
LAUSD magnets outscore charters on state tests
By Barbara Jones Los Angeles Unified’s popular magnet centers and schools outscored independent charters by double-digit margins on California’s new state assessments, and also beat statewide averages on the rigorous math and English tests, according to data released today. In the analysis of the Smarter Balanced Assessments, 61 percent of magnet students met or exceeded...
By LA School Report | August 30, 2016
Top 10 LA high schools in national poll include 4 charters, 3 magnets; LACES scores best in LAUSD
In the extensive U.S. News & World Report ranking of all the public high schools in the country, LA’s top 10 include four independent charters, three magnets and three traditional schools. The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies was the top-ranked LA school and the only LA Unified school in California’s top 20. It was 18th...
By Mike Szymanski | April 20, 2016
A look at the top and bottom LAUSD elementary schools in the CORE accountability index
To help understand the California Office to Reform Education’s (CORE) new school accountability system, LA School Report recently logged and listed all 714 LA Unified schools by their score top to bottom. We also calculated the average of all the schools and discovered the mean score was 60. Below are breakdowns of LA Unified’s elementary schools with the...
By Craig Clough | April 19, 2016
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LAUSD using new, wider approach in assessing school success
LA Unified is among nine California school districts that are using a new index to gauge the success of schools, applying a mix of academic achievement as well as social, emotional and cultural measures. Leaders of the non-profit California Office to Reform Education (CORE) districts presented their plan to the California School Boards Association annual...
By Mike Szymanski | December 4, 2015
CA teachers view critical thinking most important for college readiness
In a new survey of 1,000 California teachers, a plurality of instructors thinks that it’s most important to develop critical thinking skills as preparation for college and career. The least number ranked scoring well on the state’s new Smarter Balanced tests. EdSource and the California Teachers Association conducted the online survey and released the results...
By Mike Szymanski | September 30, 2015
LA Unified Has Slight Rise in SAT Takers, Average Scores
The number of LA Unified 12th-graders taking the SAT test rose last year, along with the District’s average test scores on critical reading, mathematics, and writing portions of the exam, according to new data from the College Board, which develops the test. Nearly half of the most recent graduating class took the SAT, 22,106 seniors for...
By Chase Niesner | October 21, 2013
API Tests for LA Unified Improve Slightly, State Scores Fall
Los Angeles Unified made a marginal improvement on California standards tests while for the first time in at least a decade, the state score dropped, according to results released today by the state Department of Education (CDE). For LA Unified students, the annual Academic Performance Index (API) shows a three point increase over last year,...
By Vanessa Romo | August 29, 2013
Slim Gains, Slight Drop in English for LA Unified in CA Test Scores
Scores from statewide California tests taken by LA Unified students in the 2012-2013 academic year were only slightly higher than results from the year before. While the gains were more modest than in previous years, they still reflected overall improvement while the state average fell by a fraction of a percentage point. “We’ve outpaced the...
By Hillel Aron | August 8, 2013
Morning Read: Teachers Union Slams Deasy’s 30% Plan
Deasy Wants 30% of Teacher Evaluations Based on Test Scores L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy announced Friday that as much as 30% of a teacher’s evaluation will be based on student test scores, setting off more contention in the nation’s second-largest school system in the weeks before a critical Board of Education election. LA Times...
By Samantha Oltman | February 18, 2013