L.A. UNIFIED RELEASES SCHOOL RATINGS USING ‘VALUE-ADDED’ METHOD
The approach focuses on how much progress students make year to year rather than measuring solely their achievement level. Parents are likely to be surprised.
BY JASON SONG AND JASON FELCH, LOS ANGELES TIMES | HTTP://LAT.MS/F8FSLP
Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy at Quincy Jones Elementary School in January. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
April 12, 2011, 7:23 p.m. - In a dramatic turn for the country's second-largest school district, Los Angeles Unified released school ratings based on a new approach that measures a school's success at raising student performance — the first in a series of high-stakes moves that will thrust the district into the center of the national debate over education reform.
Next month, the district will take the more controversial step of providing thousands of teachers with confidentia