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Officials provide review of L.A. schools

January 12, 2009 7:38:02 AM PST
LAUSD has graded its schools and officials are releasing the results in a new report card on Monday.The district will take years of data and pass it along to parents in the form of report cards, essentially grading individual schools. LAUSD will mail out the one-page report cards this week, breaking down schools' qualities and shortcomings.

"I don't think you can improve schools if you don't have parent involvement," said LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines

Cortines and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled the new report cards on Monday morning. They admitted that many of the grades L.A. schools will be receiving are bad, and that the numbers will probably be embarassing.

Parents of students who attend Belmont may be in for a surprise when they find out more than half of the students drop out.

While LAUSD has been collecting the data for years, it was never accessible to parents.

Parents will be now be able to see important data including dropout rates and how many of its students are on track to graduate on time. The report will also show how many of its students are considered to be proficient at various subjects like English and math.

"I think it's time that school districts, including this one, stop sanitizing the data that we release," Cortines said. "This district has the very best schools. It also has some that are mediocre, and we can't fix that if we don't look at all the data."

Cortines said he hopes parents will take the information and direct questions to school administrators.

It will cost the district $700,000 to mail the reports all out.


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