LOS ANGELES--()--The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools today announced that its network of schools saw their largest increases ever in Math and English proficiency on the California Standards Test (CST). Proficiency gains at the Partnership schools exceeded the average gain by the Los Angeles School District (LAUSD) in all four tested subject areas: English, Math, Science and History.
“We have established solid momentum this year in achieving our goal of transforming our schools as evidenced by these results”
“These CST scores represent the best year yet for the Partnership for LA Schools,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “We saw improvements in all core subjects, and substantial gains at most of the schools, though a few schools still have a ways to go. I am so proud of our Partnership teachers, principals and students. These scores are a direct result of the passion and tremendous work ethic they bring to our schools. It is clear the Partnership is poised for continued success.”
Mayor Villaraigosa launched the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools in 2007 to focus reform and resources on a set of historically low performing schools and to help drive change in LAUSD. It is one of the largest public school turnaround efforts in the nation, serving more than 16,000 low-income students in 22 schools located in high-need urban neighborhoods across East L.A., Watts, and South LA.
The number of Partnership students testing proficient in Math went up 5%, double the LAUSD average gain of 2%, and the number proficient in English increased 5%, above the LAUSD average increase of 4% last year. The number of Partnership students proficient in Science was up 4%, and the number proficient in History was up 3% compared to average gains by LAUSD of 3% in Science and 2% in History. In addition, the percentage of Partnership students passing the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) increased 4% according to the most recent figures, compared to the LAUSD’s 1% average increase.
““Throughout last year, our teachers and principals focused on improving classroom instruction, bringing technology into their classrooms and engaging parents at their schools. Their efforts directly led to strong achievement in many of our schools,” said Marshall Tuck, Chief Executive Officer at the Partnership. “The fact that our network of schools had the best year its ever had, in spite of difficult budget cuts and other obstacles in public education right now, is a true testament to the potential of our students and the commitment of our school staff.” said Tuck.
Highlights of the Partnership’s CST performance were:
- Partnership elementary schools—where the math blended learning strategy is most fully implemented—saw an overall increase of 6% in Math scores compared to a flat District average
Particularly strong proficiency gains at the secondary level:
- Jordan HS, up 8% in English and 6% in Math
- The Academy of Environmental Social Policy at Roosevelt HS, up 11% in English and 13% in Science
- Markham Middle School in Watts, up 8% in each English and Math
- Santee HS saw gains on all subject areas of the CST
- Strong decrease across the network of schools in the percentage of students scoring Basic or Far Below Basic, the lowest achievement bands of the CST
“We have established solid momentum this year in achieving our goal of transforming our schools as evidenced by these results,” said Colleen Oliver, Chief Academic Officer at the Partnership. “Key to our success has been the consistent and persistent laser-like focus of our administrators and teachers in implementing our key strategies throughout our schools. Our teachers and administrators are the backbone of our work and we are grateful for their passion and commitment. We wouldn’t be celebrating our progress today without their hard work.”
About the Partnership
The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools strives to uplift children in the city’s poorest communities by transforming their local public school into a safe and secure place of opportunity, achievement and discovery. In terms of students served, the Partnership is one of the largest public school turnaround organizations in the nation. To learn more and get involved, go to www.partnershipla.org