Photo by Art Torres
Photo by Art Torres
Photo by Art Torres

Boyle Heights high schools posted some of the highest improvements on standardized tests this year in the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to new information released by the state.

For the first time in nearly a decade, California students scored lower in Math and English, while L.A. Unified students made small improvements, posting small gains in Math and a lower dip in English than the rest of the state.

The figures, released Thursday, are based on student’s performance on what is known as the California Standards Tests.

In LAUSD, 48% percent of students were at grade level in English, and 45% in Math; which is still quite lower than the state’s 56% at grade level in English, and 51% at grade level in Math.

While education officials blame budget cuts for the low performance, LAUSD Supt. John Deasy credited teachers for the steady performance.

The new report also shows the achievement gap between students who are African American, Latino and low income and their white and Asian peers, has remained relatively unchanged for the past ten years.

Statewide, fewer than 50% of African Americans and Latinos are at grade level in Math and English, compared to 66% whites and 75% Asians.

But there was some good news among some of LAUSD’s traditionally low performing schools. For the second year in a row, schools in the network of Partnership for Los Angeles Schools outpaced both LAUSD and the state.

Partnership schools also out-scored LAUSD, and the state in growth in all four-subject areas. The number of students at Partnership schools scoring proficient was up 3.6% in Science and 4.2% in History, compared to LAUSD gains of .02% in Science and .09% in History.

Roosevelt High School’s Math, Science and Technology Magnet was the highest improving high school in the District with scores improving 15% in English and Language Arts, 13% in Math, and more than 29% in History.

In one-year growth in English and Math, five of the top 10 LAUSD high schools are Partnership Schools, and in Boyle Heights. Roosevelt’s Magnet ranked number one, Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center’s Math and Science School ranked third, Roosevelt’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math ranked fifth, and its Academy of Environmental & Social Policy Roosevelt and Medical & Health Sciences both ranked sixth.

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