LA Unified students behind state peers in physical fitness test
While this year’s students fared better than last year, LA Unified kids scored below the state average on the California Physical Fitness Test. According to figures released yesterday by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the LA Unified fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders who participated in the six-part test during the 2013-14 school year are significantly...
By Craig Clough | November 7, 2014
Commentary: With an API delay, a step toward real accountability
California has just suspended the calculation of API scores until 2016—and that’s cause for celebration by those of us who believe in meaningful accountability. I know, many people are freaking out because they believe this suspension of scores will leave schools in low-income communities free to go down the toilet for two full years while...
By Ellie Herman | March 18, 2014
CA 8th Graders Make Nation’s Top Gains in Reading Scores
California’s eighth graders made the biggest gain in reading scores in the country last year, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the “Nation’s Report Card.” Results for fourth and eighth grade reading and math were released today, “The resilience and tenacity of our schools have seen them through some...
By LA School Report | November 7, 2013
Morning Read: Making Arts “Core”
LAUSD Considers Making Arts Education A ‘Core Subject’ The L.A. Unified school board will vote on a measure Tuesday that would make arts education a “core subject,” prohibit further cuts to the arts, and ultimately restore some money to arts programs. KPCC Fact Check: On Education, Gains Difficult To Demonstrate Education reporter Howard Blume fact checks...
By Hillel Aron | October 4, 2012
Morning Read: Get Smart
Federal Money For Low-Income Students’ AP Tests: California will receive $7.6 million from the federal government to pay for Advanced Placement tests for low income students. LA Times PTA Endorses Munger, Not Brown: The California Parent Teacher Association has endorsed Proposition 38, Molly Munger’s ballot measure to raise taxes to pay for education, which it helped write....
By Hillel Aron | August 3, 2012