The Achievement Gap: Comparing Charters and LAUSD on African American Students' Performance

At the School Board meeting this past Tuesday, the board had a miniature melt down over the data for under-served subgroups in LAUSD. One of the main points that set them off was the data for African American students, who average significantly below peer groups across the district. Is this challenge affecting charter schools as […]

These Schools have MAJOR Socioeconomic Achievement Gaps

People talk about the achievement gap all the time. Usually, they are talking about comparing different schools. They are comparing schools with wealthy students to schools with poor students. But there are several schools in L.A. where the achievement gap exists within the school. At these schools, the wealthier students vastly outperformed the poorer students. (On the CAASPP […]

Where are the Poor Kids in LA County?

Public schools are the largest social safety net in America today. One way to think about it: LA County Schools offer free lunch to 884,731 students, and reduced price lunches to 144,509 more (CDE Source Link Below). That is 2/3 of all students in LA County.  Students receive free or reduced price lunches based on […]

No Matter the Ethnicity, Poorer Students Struggle

It seems obvious. Students who live in poverty experience significant hardships and are not given the resources to succeed that wealthier students get. But does that trend hold across all ethnicities? And is there any ethnic group that is closing the gap between rich and poor? Luckily, the CAASPP test has data markers that mark the […]