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L.A. Unified shows gains on state test

August 31, 2011 | 12:13 pm

Photo: Students at Central Los Angeles High School. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles city schools showed significant gains in a key state measurement last year but fell short in meeting federal academic improvement guidelines, which could affect future funding, according to results released Wednesday.

The district rose 19 points overall on the state Academic Performance Index, which measures performance using several standardized tests and other factors on a 1,000-point scale. Schools are expected to score 800 or above.

Los Angeles Unified campuses as a whole scored 728 in the 2010-11 school year, up from 709 the year before. That still lags behind the state average of 778.

The district did not meet federal growth targets in math or English. Federal guidelines call for schools and ethnic subgroups of students to show continued improvement in those subjects, which the district failed to do.

Critics have long complained the guidelines approved during the George W. Bush administration are unrealistic, and current federal education officials have said they want to change them.

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Photo: Students at Central Los Angeles High School. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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