The Los Angeles Unified School District today released new data that shows how well and how fast a student is learning.
The "Academic Growth over Time" system also measures teacher performance. The union for L.A. Unified teachers says it depends too much on how well students do on standardized tests on the basic subjects.
But incoming LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy told KPCC's Madeleine Brand that emphasizing student math and language skills is the right thing to do. "When we have some schools where 9 percent of the students are passing algebra, I don't think we have an undue focus on it. I don't think we could be focusing enough on it considering that one course is such a gateway course and opportunity for students."
Deasy – who takes control of L.A. Unified on Friday – says any system that measures student performance will have some problems. But he says L.A. Unified can't ignore test scores that measure what students know about key subjects.
The "Academic Growth over Time" reports are online at L.A. Unified's website.