API Index Shows Improvements at Several Lower-Ranked LAUSD Schools

LOS ANGELES (June 20, 2012) — For the first time in four years, the Los Angeles Unified School District has shown a decline in the number of schools that are ranked at the bottom in two critical categories of the Academic Performance Index (API) scores.

The number of schools in the LAUSD that are at the bottom compared with all other schools in the state, and ranked lowest in comparison with schools that share similar demographic characteristics, including socioeconomic status and percentage of English Learner students, dropped from 57 in 2010 to 43 in 2011. This contrasts with an increase from 44 in 2009 to 57 in 2010.

“This extraordinary turnaround is a tribute to the efforts of teachers, parents, administrators and students at some of our lower-performing campuses to implement a culture of achievement,” said Superintendent John Deasy. “It’s all the more remarkable that this shift has taken place in the midst of a crippling financial crisis affecting our schools.”

At the same time, the number of schools in the LAUSD that were top performers in the two categories increased from three in 2010 to six in 2011 -- also reversing a decline since 2008. The six schools are Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, Warner Elementary, Topanga Elementary, Solano Elementary, Park Western Elementary and Encino Elementary.

“I salute these six schools on this tremendous accomplishment,” said Deasy. “They have brought distinction and pride to the District.”

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