L.A. Area Chamber Applauds LAUSD's Double-Digit Gains on the 2012 Academic Performance Index

October 11, 2012 11:00 am

LOS ANGELES – Speaking on behalf of the L.A. Compact, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce applauded the Los Angeles Unified School District and its leadership today for continuing to improve on the state’s Academic Performance Index (API).  The district’s API jumped 16 points in 2012, outpacing the state average.

“We applaud LAUSD’s leadership for exceeding the state average and being the highest among other urban school districts in California,” said L.A. Area Chamber Senior Vice President David Rattray.  “It’s commendable that our district as a whole is closing in on the state API target of 800 points amid budget cuts, layoffs, larger class sizes and a shortened school year.”

“This is a victory for everyone involved in our schools, from students, parents and guardians to teachers, principals, library aides and other support staff.”

Rattray emphasized the District’s continued efforts to improve the quality of learning at its schools and its openness to collaboration with community partners, including the L.A. Compact, which includes the Chamber, Mayor Villaraigosa, the City Council, local institutions of higher learning, Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.

“LAUSD is an institution on the rise, the district knows it must improve and continues to identify new opportunities for growth all the time.”

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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.


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