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L.A. Unified unveils updated report cards

January 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Wednesday morning, the brand new LAUSD school report card was unveiled, and parents say they support anything that will help improve their comprehension of how their children's schools are doing."I think it's a very good idea, and it informs the parents how the children's progress is doing, so I thought it was excellent," said parent Gloria Powell.

"It's easier to read. It's easier for the parents to understand it. It's great. It's a really big improvement," said another parent Grace Alvarez.

It took eight months of meetings with the school board, school administrators and parents to find a model more understandable than last year's inaugural report card.

"Some of the information that we had on it before was, they felt, not important. They really wanted to know what was the comparison from last year to this year, and what is the district average," explained LAUSD Superintendant Ramon Cortines.

In addition to unveiling the new model, new numbers were released reflecting both pros and cons of what the district is facing.

Among elementary and middle schools, efficiency in reading and math is up, as is the number of eighth graders enrolled in algebra.

But there was work to do on AP courses and the high school exit exam. Both areas have dropped over the previous year, but the school board is hopeful that new tools and increased parental involvement will help make the district and the students more successful.