LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools today reported gains in Math, English, Science and History on the California Standards Test (CST) that substantially exceeded gains by the Los Angeles School District (LAUSD) and the State. The Partnership ranked in the top 10% of all schools systems statewide that serve more than 10,000 students.
The number of Partnership students testing proficient in Math went up 3.9%, more than five-fold the LAUSD average gain of 0.8%, and well ahead of the State average which actually declined -0.3% last year. The number of Partnership students testing proficient in English increased 2.5%, while LAUSD schools saw an average decrease of -0.4% last year and the State average dipped -0.8%. The number of Partnership students proficient in Science was up 3.6%, and the number proficient in History was up 4.2%, compared to average gains by LAUSD of 0.2% in Science and 0.9% in History. The State saw their average proficiency gains drop -1% in Science and up 0.6% in History.
“We are proud of our students and grateful to our teachers and administrators,” said Joan Sullivan, CEO of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. “We set expectations and the conditions for success, providing tools and guidance, but we also recognize that our most important leaders and innovators are in our schools and classrooms. These results give us an opportunity to celebrate not only our students, who are brimming with talent, but also our educators, who hold the key to scalable and sustainable change.”
According to Colleen Oliver, Chief Academic Officer at the Partnership, “This year’s results also illustrate the momentum we’ve built at the Partnership schools by continuing to focus on our four key transformation strategies: building strong leaders, developing effective teachers, providing targeted student supports, and engaging families in their children’s learning. Our continued student performance improvements are a testament to the effectiveness of those strategies as well as the diligence and creativity of the teachers and school leaders implementing them.”
Highlights of the Partnership’s CST performance:
- The Roosevelt Math, Science and Technology Magnet was the fastest improving among all senior high schools and stand alone Magnets in LAUSD, up 15% in ELA, 14% in Math
- 5 of the top 10 LAUSD high schools in terms of one-year growth in English and Math are Partnership schools
- Partnership high schools more than doubled the rate of improvement for District high schools in ELA and Math
- Gompers middle school ranked in the top ten of all LAUSD middle schools for one-year growth in ELA and Math
- 2 Partnership middle schools ranked among the top ten of all LAUSD middle schools for one-year growth in Math
- Over the last two years, Partnership elementary schools moved students to Math proficiency 10 times faster than the District and more than 3 times faster in ELA
- In each of the last two years, the Partnership network has moved students to proficiency faster than the District and State in every content area tested: ELA, Math, Science, History
About the Partnership
Founded in 2007, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is today one of the largest public school turnaround initiatives in the nation, serving nearly 16,000 students across 17 of the city’s lowest performing schools in Watts, Boyle Heights and South LA. The Partnership is a unique collaboration of the Los Angeles Unified Schools District (LAUSD) and the City of Los Angeles. The mission of the Partnership is two-fold: 1) dramatically accelerate student achievement at the 17 schools it serves, and 2) drive and innovate change that can be scaled throughout the LAUSD. Today, the Partnership network of schools is improving, on average, at rates that outpace both LAUSD and State. To learn more about the Partnership please visit our website at: www.partnershipla.org.