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L.A. Unified adds test score measure to school report cards

October 13, 2011 |  4:36 pm

Supt. John Deasy

The report cards produced by Los Angeles Unified to allow parents and the public to evaluate the performance of district schools now include a new feature that measures the performance of a school's standardized test scores from year to year, district officials announced Thursday.

The measurement -- academic growth over time -- shows how much students’ performance improved or decreased in each grade in English and math compared to the previous year's exam scores. The district said the measure offers a fuller view of school performance.

L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy said the addition of this data allows educators and parents to have an empirical measure of what's working and what isn't at their schools.

For four years, the district has produced the brightly colored reports for each of its schools featuring a host of information, including summaries on how a school has progressed in meeting learning goals; the readiness of students to move on to the next level of schooling; survey data on campus environment; and student data broken down by demographics such as ethnic groups, English learners, special education and the economically disadvantaged. The report cards will be mailed to students' homes later this month, and were made available online Thursday.

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Photo: L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy at Washington Preparatory High School Oct. 3. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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