‘There is no more honorable a profession.’ Outstanding teachers appreciated at LAUSD meeting
Teachers were praised at a committee meeting Tuesday by LA Unified’s Chief Academic Officer Frances Gipson, honoring this week of celebrating educators, national Teacher Appreciation Week. “We want to celebrate our teachers, as this is Teacher Appreciation Day, and I want to mark that some of us in this room do not have credentials, but we...
By Mike Szymanski | May 4, 2016
Projected grad rate continues to rise for LAUSD, even with thousands failing at midterm
While LA Unified’s projected graduation rate continues to tick up this spring as seniors complete extra credit recovery courses to make up those they previously failed, 30 percent of those the district considers “on track” for graduation currently aren’t because they are failing at least one A through G class. To be labeled “on track” a...
By Craig Clough | April 27, 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
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
You can graduate, but LAUSD doesn’t want to settle for D grades
Although LA Unified stands to potentially have its highest graduation rate ever this year, the district doesn’t want students to settle for D grades. In fact, the percentage of students maintaining a C or better in college prep or A-G classes has more than doubled in 10 years, according to the latest LA Unified statistics. In a...
By Mike Szymanski | February 24, 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