LA Unified announces record grad rate for last year as it grapples with tougher standards this year
LA Unified increased its official graduation rate to a new high last school year, with 72.2 percent of students receiving a diploma, the district announced this week. The number is a two-point increase over the previous year, which was also a record high. Since 2009-10, when the state began using four-year cohort rates as the official...
By Craig Clough | May 19, 2016
Some races, English learners struggling with A-G standards but have come a long way
There is a wide gulf of disparity when it comes to the performance of races and subgroups in LA Unified’s A through G completion and graduation rates, but these groups have come a long way and are doing better than ever before. Recent district reports breaking down the graduation rate as it heads into the final...
By Craig Clough | April 29, 2016
LAUSD’s credit recovery program boosts grad rates, but do students learn?
LA Unified announced this month that the district may graduate 80 percent of its seniors this year, a record high, but a growing number of critics say that record is suspect because online credit recovery courses are largely responsible for the achievement. The news of the potentially record-breaking graduation rate came mere weeks after a projection in...
By Craig Clough | February 29, 2016
LAUSD graduation rate projection jumps to 63%, may surpass last year’s
LA Unified appears to be making significant progress on its projected graduation rate this year through a “very personalized approach,” with a new report stating the district may even surpass last year’s record rate of 74 percent. A January progress report obtained by LA School Report showed that only 54 percent of seniors were on...
By Craig Clough | February 19, 2016
Commentary: Our complicity in a broken education system
By Evelyn Macias It should come as no surprise to any of us that nearly half of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) high school students are not on track to meet their A-G (required graduation and college prep) courses to graduate, as reported last week by LA School Report. News outlets reported this...
By Guest contributor | February 19, 2016
Hundreds expected at rally today for LAUSD college-prep plan
As the LA Unified school board today prepares to debate fixes to its implementation of college prep graduation requirements, hundreds of people are expected to rally outside the district’s downtown headquarters in favor of the proposal. The rally is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., roughly the same time the board is expected to...
By Craig Clough | May 12, 2015