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LAUSD parents to receive student test score reports over next 2 weeks

FILE: Los Angeles Unified is sending parents reports on their student's scores on the Common Core-aligned tests over the next two weeks.
FILE: Los Angeles Unified is sending parents reports on their student's scores on the Common Core-aligned tests over the next two weeks.
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Parents of Los Angeles Unified School District students should be receiving reports on their children's test scores from this spring's standardized assessments over the next two weeks.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or Smarter Balanced tests were designed to measure how well students are absorbing the new learning concepts known as the Common Core.

The California Department of Education released the aggregate scores for the state, districts and schools on its searchable website in September. But parents will also be receiving, if they haven't already, individual student reports explaining their children's scores. 

The department posted both an explanation of the student score report in English and a YouTube video describing the report. A video in Spanish is also available.

Smaller districts like La Canada and Burbank school districts have also already begun sending out the reports on individual student scores to parents. LAUSD parents may need to wait a bit longer if they haven't received them yet.

“The reports have been received in our warehouse and are being sent to parents,” said Gayle Pollard-Terry, a LAUSD district spokeswoman, by email. “They should receive them in the next two weeks.”

Pollard-Terry said the district just received the reports from the state in the last week of September.

Districts were expecting to receive the reports earlier, ideally before the start of the fall semester.

Pam Slater, spokeswoman for the California Department of Education, said as far as she knows, all districts have now received their student score reports to send to parents.

“There have been delays as everyone gets acclimated to this new process. Some of these delays have been due to quality control reviews resulting in reprinting if the print quality wasn’t not up to expectations and there have been other routine glitches," Slater said via email.

Officials have warned parents that the scores may be low in this first round of testing based on newly taught Common Core concepts. The standardized tests were also taken online, which for many students, was a new experience.

Students in grades 3 to 8 and grade 11 took the tests to gauge their proficiency in English language arts and math. They were graded based on four levels: standard exceeded, standard met, standard nearly met and standard not met

The aggregate scores showed that many students are struggling with the Common Core tests. The numbers also revealed the achievement gap between ethnicities persists, with white and Asian children scoring higher on average compared with black and Latino students.