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LOS ANGELES: Board Clarifies School Performance Ratings to Improve School Choice 

How should parents determine which schools to attend? How should LAUSD determine where to prioritize improvement?

Until recently, this has been unclear in Los Angeles. Although the State of California publishes a school dashboard, many community groups report that many families do not know how to use or interpret the data. The district lacks a clear way to identify its lowest-performing schools.

In April 2018 the Los Angeles school board voted to create a common performance framework that will include a single summative rating and allow parents to hone in on information they care about. “We’ve had numerous conversations about low-performing schools, but we haven’t acted as a system yet,” board member Kelly Gonez said. “We needed to do something as a system.” (LA School Report, 4/12/2018).

As a first step, a working group will be convened by the superintendent and will report back to the school board later in 2018.

View Los Angeles’ citywide education progress report.

The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell developing systemwide solutions for K–12 public education. Questions? Email crpe@uw.edu.