LA Unified schools are apparently making gains on the Academic Performance Index. That index is calculated using student scores on a series of standarized tests. The target score set by the Department of Education is 800. The LAUSD's base score last year was 693, up from 681 the year before.
The AP base report also ranks schools on a scale of 1 to 10, to determine a school's standing statewide. In L.A. 26 elementary schools received a 10. Ivy Bound Academy charter school in Sherman Oaks was the only middle school to get the top ranking, while six high schools got up there, including Granada Hills Charter and Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies.