High-performing Alliance charter schools celebrate 10 years
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, the largest charter network in LA Unified is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and based on performance, there is much to celebrate. The Alliance schools, which include 17 high schools and 9 middle schools, are all located in low-income neighborhoods but have an overall high school graduation rate of 94...
By Craig Clough | November 11, 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
KIPP Schools API Scores Rank Among LA Unified’s Best
Among the mixed bag of Academic Performance Index scores for LA Unified released by the California Department of Education yesterday were a handful of gems. Several of the brightest, including the highest score for any school in the district as well as the highest scoring middle school, belonged to KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) charter...
By Vanessa Romo | August 30, 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
Hey, Look! State Releases Year-Old School Rankings
Last Friday, California released its annual list of school rankings, based on Academic Performance Index (or API) scores from tests taken in Spring of 2012, including all sorts of LAUSD schools. Why such little fanfare to these numbers? As Rob Kuznla of the Daily Breeze notes, the scores are almost a year old. “The bigger...
By Hillel Aron | May 31, 2013
Data: How’s LAUSD Doing, Really?
Looking for an independent source of information about how LAUSD is doing? You might want to check out Ed-Data, which is managed by the Education Data Partnership and recently uploaded 2011 – 2012 Academic Performance Index (API) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) scores for school districts across the state. As you can see, LAUSD’s API score showed...
By Samantha Oltman | November 6, 2012
LAUSD’s Big API Gains
The long-delayed Academic Performance Index (API) was released today, showing double-digit gains for LAUSD. The API is a yearly number that charts the progress of public school students in California and is used to measure individual school and district performance statewide. The 16-point gain for LAUSD was its fifth double-digit improvement in a row, and...
By LA School Report | October 11, 2012
Morning Read: Deasy’s Contract Extension
L.A. Schools Chief Gets One-Year Contract Extension Superintendent John Deasy has received a one-year contract extension, but was unable to achieve ambitious performance targets that would have triggered a salary bonus. LA Times [The Times’ Teresa Watanabe and Howard Blume are live-chatting about the contract extension here.] LAUSD approves one-year contract for Superintendent John Deasy The Los...
By Hillel Aron | October 11, 2012