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School scores up but not enough for the Feds

Students taking a test.
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LAUSD achieved a 19 point jump in its Academic Performance Index for the previous year and local school officials are said to be encouraged by the news especially considering teacher layoffs and budget cuts that the district has endured. The API measures academic improvement on 1000-point scale and is based on standardized test scores and other measures. Rising scores in the district reflect a similar trend throughout California where 49% of the schools met or surpassed the state’s goal of 800 on the API. Despite these gains, California has not met federal No Child Left Behind standards and may be subject to sanctions. Nearly two-thirds of elementary schools in California have not met the federal guidelines and CA State Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson is asking federal education officials to relax the standards. What do you think of the rising API scores in the LAUSD? Is it proof that the district has turned the corner in academic performance? Do you think the federal government should ease NCLB standards because so many CA schools cannot meet the guidelines?


Jason Song, education reporter for the Los Angeles Times

Tom Torlakson, CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction