LAUSD has a chance to help city’s students and teachers by releasing growth data

Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has the opportunity to give families and teachers a powerful tool to transform our kids’ education by publicly releasing growth data. They’ve already crunched the numbers. Fresno, Oakland and Long Beach school districts have released it publicly and California is one of only two states that doesn’t release it.

Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

But right now, a few powerful stakeholders are holding this because they think people will focus on the lack of growth, rather than progress. But if we’re not open about the challenges we’re facing, how likely will we be to solve them?

What people might not know is that teachers consider growth data so valuable that 74% of them rate it the best way to evaluate schools.

To illustrate why, I’d like to share a perspective from a 5th grade teacher, and self-proclaimed “data junkie” we’ll call Alicia who has been teaching for 13 years, most recently at an LAUSD elementary school in Southeast. Click here to read more: