LAUSD chief Carvalho: Los Angeles students did well on the ‘Nation’s Report Card’. Why is that so hard to believe?

The recent scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress are the latest indication of what we in the Los Angeles Unified School District already know — our students are demonstrating tremendous resiliency after the pandemic because of the incredible educators dedicating their time and energy to the families of Los Angeles. The tests, which assessed fourth and eighth graders in reading and math, showed students in Los Angeles Unified far surpassing expectations following pandemic disruptions and demonstrating greater growth than their peers around the country.

If you want to know what’s really behind our scores, come see the teams of educators fostering the magic of education in L.A.’s schools. You’ll find teachers deeply committed to the children in their classrooms. Our teachers take hours of training to excel in providing rigorous learning experiences both online, when we were at the height of the pandemic, and back in the classroom once it was safe to return. Our educators are identifying and addressing students’ learning and achievement gaps — an area where teachers nationally lack confidence, according to survey data.

The district has been intentional in implementing interventions to address the learning loss from the pandemic. We launched the All Families Connected initiative, which provided hotspots and high-speed internet access to family homes to reduce the digital divide and provide equitable access to connectivity. We’ve increased instructional time through programs like Acceleration Days, which adds four optional days to the school calendar for teachers to work with students who need additional support. Click here to read more: