LOS ANGELES (April 10, 2018) – The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted to approve Board Member Kelly Gonez’s resolution to create a school performance framework that incorporates academic and school climate factors into one comprehensive picture of school success. The performance framework will be an internal tool to help ensure all schools are continuously improving, as well as an opportunity to share key information with families as to how their schools are performing.
“We know that all kids, regardless of their background, are capable of learning at high levels,” said Board Member Gonez. “In order to support schools and push for meaningful progress, we need better and more comprehensive information on how our schools are doing. This resolution begins to develop a way to look at our schools consistently across models.”
The resolution establishes a working group, including a variety of community stakeholders, to determine the components of the performance framework. A draft school performance framework is to be presented within 150 days, with a final version set to come before the Board by October.
“Today, the Board took a necessary first step toward measuring achievement and identifying the challenges and obstacles that we need to address to give every child in Los Angeles the opportunity to learn and the tools to succeed,” said Vice President Nick Melvoin, who co-sponsored the resolution. “We know that we can do better, so let’s start now.”
There are clear objectives for the framework, as outlined in the resolution: (1) to identify and track the overall performance of each school annually, (2) to evaluate all schools with a uniform set of measures, (3) for parents to understand and evaluate school performance, and (4) to enable schools to track progress and foster innovation.
“We have made progress and have much more to do,” Board President Mónica García stated. “We ask our kids to improve and reach their full potential, and this tool will help our system do the same.”
“I was happy for the opportunity to support the amended version of this resolution establishing a process for developing a school performance framework with multiple measures to provide a holistic view of school performance,” said Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson. “I look forward to collaborating with the working group that will be convened to draft the framework.”
“Parental engagement is key to the success of our schools, and the more informed parents are, the better prepared they will be to advocate for their children,” Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic. “I am looking forward to the solutions that will result from the working group and the innovative ideas that will support student success.”
Board Member Kelly Gonez proudly represents the communities of the East San Fernando Valley on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education. Her priorities include ensuring all students graduate ready for college and careers, empowering teachers and school leaders, and increasing community input in school board decisions. Prior to her election to the Board, Board Member Gonez was a middle school science teacher. She also previously served as an education policy advisor in President Obama’s administration. She lives in Van Nuys with her husband, Manuel. For more information, please visit achieve.lausd.net/gonez.
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