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LAUSD's new measure for student achievement

April 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles Unified School District has come up with a new way to measure student achievement.

It's a new comprehensive system called Academic Growth over Time. A report on it was presented at the Los Angeles Board of Education meeting Tuesday, including the system's process and methodology.

Officials said the system will help identify the individual impact of a teacher and how much an individual student has progressed from one year to the next. It uses standardized test scores as the raw data.

According to the district, the system will help it better understand how students have progressed on standardized tests, but it will not compare students to each other. The goal is to measure teachers to know what they have done to take students from point A to point B.

"This Academic Growth over Time is a robust statistical model and it's an analysis that estimates the influence of schools and educators on student growth," said LAUSD Deputy Superintendent John Deasy. "It holds schools and educators accountable only for what they have direct control over."

The school board has a goal of graduating 100 percent of the students college prepared and career-ready. Their conclusion is they can no longer count on achievement scores alone.

The district plans to roll out the system in phases. It will release Wednesday the first round of English language arts and mathematics data on the school level for third through eighth grades, rather than individual students.

City News Service contributed to this story