Three of LAUSD's Top 10 High Schools Are
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
Alliance charter schools
significantly outperform neighboring traditional schools
LOS ANGELES (September 13, 2010) - Three Alliance College-Ready Public Schools ranked among the Top 10 high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to API results released today.
College-Ready Academy High School #4 scored 883 on the index, ranking it #4 among 133 LAUSD high schools listing API results. (College-Ready Academy High School #4 will be formally renamed Dr. Olga Mohan High School later this month.) Environmental Science and Technology High School scored 859, ranking it #7. Gertz-Ressler High School scored 853, ranking it #9Those scores exceeded the LAUSD high school average by 175 or more points, and topped the statewide high school average by 124 or more points
The API, or Academic Performance Index, measures school performance based on several tests administered statewide to students in grades 2 through 11, including the California Standards Tests and California High School Exit Examination. Scores range from 200 to 1,000, with 800 considered the target.
The strong performance by the Alliance's top-ranked high schools contributed to all-around impressive results from 16 Alliance middle and high schools that administered tests last spring
The average Alliance API score rose from 742 to 751 last year, even as five schools received scores for the first time. The Alliance average is 42 points higher than the overall LAUSD average, and represents the fourth consecutive year of Alliance API improvement.
Three quarters of Alliance schools- 12 of 16- performed above the LAUSD average for their school type. The LAUSD average includes schools in some of Southern California's most affluent communities.
Two Alliance schools showed particularly dramatic API gains. College-Ready Academy High School #5 and Heritage College-Ready Academy High School boosted API scores by at least 66 points, or 10%.
Every Alliance high school and 80% of middle schools outperformed neighboring traditional public schools. On average, Alliance schools' API scores were 155 points higher than those of the closest traditional public school.
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools serve primarily low-income, minority students who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods where traditional schools are generally overcrowded and underperforming. Overall, 92% of Alliance students qualify for free or reduced price meals; 99% are Latino or African-American; and 23% are considered English Language Learners.
"We are proud that our charter schools rank among the best schools in all of LAUSD, the nation's second-largest school district," said Alliance President and CEO Judy Burton. "These strong results only deepen our belief that all students can excel in the classroom and graduate from college. We look forward to continued academic improvement during the new school year."