LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools today announced that for the second consecutive year it ranks #1 in the State in gains on the Academic Performance Index1 (API) out of 162 mid- to large-size school systems.2 The State released its API results earlier today.
The Partnership network of schools achieved a 21-point API gain3, while the Los Angeles Unified Schools District (LAUSD) reported a 3-point gain and the state of California on average reported a 2-point loss. Moreover, in the last five years, the Partnership’s network combined API gains total 105 points, outpacing the District’s 67-point gain and more than doubling the State’s 45-point growth.
“We are encouraged by the continuing good news for our students and appreciate the hard work of our teachers, school leaders, staff and partners that helped us get to this point,” said Joan Sullivan, Partnership for LA Schools CEO. “By galvanizing our schools around core values that focus on the essential elements of teaching and learning, we have been able to provide our students with a better education, however we remain keenly aware of the enormous task ahead of us.”
Highlights of the Partnership network’s API results:
- Mendez Math & Science had the highest one-year API gain among all traditional high schools in the State and the District for schools with more than 250 students, with a 76-point increase
- Six Partnership high schools ranked in the top 8 in the State in gains among traditional high schools with more than 250 enrolled students: #1 Mendez M/S, #3 Roosevelt Magnet, #4 Roosevelt AMAHS, #5 Roosevelt L&G, #6 Roosevelt STEM and #8 Roosevelt HARTS
- Among traditional high schools in LAUSD, Partnership schools represent the top 5 high schools in gains: #1 Mendez M/S, #2 Roosevelt Magnet, #3 Roosevelt AMAHS, #4 Roosevelt L&G, and #5 Roosevelt STEM
- Roosevelt Magnet is the Partnership’s first school to reach the State API target of 800 with an API of 803, making it the 7th highest performing traditional high school in all of LAUSD
- The Roosevelt complex as a whole jumped 66 API points, to 674
- Among traditional middle schools with more than 250 students, Gompers Middle School ranked #4 in gains in the District and 20th in the State with a 37-point API gain
* For a complete list of API scores by school go to: http://bit.ly/18lZCwE
These positive API results come on the heels of strong gains for Partnership schools on the California Standards Test (CST). Partnership schools ranked #1 in English and Math gains over the last two years on the CST among 162 mid- to large-size school systems.
About the Partnership
The Partnership for LA Schools is a non-profit focused on turning around LA’s lowest performing public schools and on piloting innovations that can be scaled across the Los Angeles Unified School District. With approximately 15,000 students across 17 campuses in Watts, Boyle Heights and South LA, the Partnership is larger than the Beverly Hills and Santa Monica school districts combined, and is one of the largest public school turnaround initiatives in the nation. Launched as a collaboration of LAUSD, the City of Los Angeles and the philanthropic sector, the Partnership schools rank #1 in the state in English and Math gains over the last two years. Last year the Partnership schools outperformed the State and LAUSD in every tested content area. To learn more about the Partnership please visit our website at: www.PartnershipLA.org.
1 The API is a measurement of academic performance of individual schools in California.
2 School systems with more than 10,000 students.
3 API growth points reflect a Partnership calculation of 2012 Base and 2013 Growth scores that use weights based on school size.