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Oct 24, 2012

LA's Promise Schools Continue to Show Strong API Growth

Newly released 2012 Academic Performance Index (API) scores from the California Department of Education show a 52 point jump for LA’s Promise Schools for the most recently completed academic year.  John Muir Middle School soared 31 points in its first year as an LA’s Promise School. Manual Arts High School increased a significant 21 points, resulting in a 60 point 3–year API jump for the high school since joining the LA’s Promise network.

“The results are promising”, said Dr. Rupi Boyd, LA’s Promise Superintendent. “The rise in API scores for both John Muir and Manual Arts is certainly credited to determined, committed teaching staffs and the highly motivated students and families of LA’s Promise Neighborhood.”

Both schools surpassed many of the 2011–2012 school–wide API growth targets, but John Muir, met and exceeded its API growth targets in all subgroups, the only middle school in the area to do so. This certainly represents a significant accomplishment given the year of transformation at John Muir; the school experienced challenges that were related to the transition of management and new staff, as well as a shrinking budget.

In its first year on a traditional track school year, Manual Arts saw an increase in API – up 21 points, far exceeding its growth targets in four of its five subgroups, African American, Latino/Hispanic, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, and English Learners.

“These are outstanding results, and we commend the schools for their focus on improving learning opportunities for all students,” said Veronica Melvin, LA’s Promise President and CEO.  “The increased scores assure us that by working together to bring instructional focus, resources and supports to South LA schools, we are having a remarkable effect.”

LA’s Promise and its partner schools are also using the recent data to improve its strategies and accelerate student learning. West Adams Preparatory High School is refining instruction to meet the needs of all students, in particular English Learners and students with special needs, ensuring they continue to improve upon their 4–year 111–point increase in API. West Adams received a 6–year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an unprecedented accomplishment for a South Los Angeles School.

The Academic Performance Index reflects the results of statewide testing in multiple subject areas. API scores range from 200 to 1000, and the state's goal is that every school has an API score of 800.

About LA’s Promise

LA's Promise is radically improving the education, health and social outcomes for thousands of youth in one South Los Angeles community – LA’s Promise Neighborhood. Through a robust school turnaround model, LA’s Promise partners with a cadre of schools committed to ensuring that students growing up in poverty receive an excellent education. 

 LA’s Promise Neighborhood includes two large South LA high schools (Manual Arts and West Adams Prep) and one middle school (John Muir) operated by LA’s Promise in a first–of–its–kind performance contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Within this zone, LA’s Promise transforms chronically failing public schools, opens new schools and remakes schools into community hubs that offer comprehensive support services for students and families. By doing this, LA’s Promise will prepare every child in LA’s Promise Neighborhood to be college and career–ready, healthy and successful in life.