LAUSD Ranks Near Top in 2013 API for Urban Districts in California

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 29, 2013) - The Los Angeles Unified School District recorded the second-highest gain among urban California school districts last year for academic performance, according to new figures released today from the state Department of Education.

Results from the 2013 Academic Performance Index showed that the District recorded a cumulative gain of 3 points, trailing only the San Diego Unified School District. School systems statewide posted an overall decline of 2 points from a year earlier.

“For the second-largest school district in the nation to outpace nearly all urban districts in California in the API is an extraordinary accomplishment,” said Superintendent John Deasy. “I’m tremendously proud of our administrators, students, and teachers for achieving this result while the District remained in the throes of a devastating budget crisis.”

Deasy also celebrated the one-year increase from six to nine in the number of high schools that scored 800 – the state benchmark – or better. Two of those schools, Cleveland and Roosevelt, had never before reached 800.

The 2013 results showed other notable gains for the District. English Learners jumped 28 points, highest in history at the District, and 27 points above the statewide figure. Students with disabilities grew by 17 points, versus 5 points across California. Economically disadvantaged students rose by 8 points in the District, compared with 5 points statewide.

In the last few years, over 170 schools have been involved with various school reform models and network partnerships. Of those, 146 schools had two years of data to complete the reporting cycle. Among this group, half of partnership schools met all targets, gaining an average of 27 points. Of the 32 pilot schools, 38 percent met all targets, averaging an 8-point gain. On average, schools in Public School Choice 1.0 to 3.0 also had 8 growth points.

The API is a single number, ranging from a low of 200 to a high of 1000, which reflects a school’s or district’s performance based on statewide testing results. This allows comparisons between schools or districts. The figure also provides a baseline for measuring scores on an annual basis.

“Taken as a whole, this year’s API results show that the LAUSD continues to make significant progress in providing students with a quality education,” said Deasy.

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Photo: A District teacher helping a student.

Contact: Tom Waldman (213) 241-6766

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