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Dramatic Achievement Gains at Inner City Schools Managed by Mayor’s Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Ranks #1 Among Mid- and Large-Size California School Systems in Terms of API Growth

Largest Achievement Gain of any L.A. High School at Partnership’s Jordan High in Watts

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools today reported strong Academic Performance Index (API) scores for its 22 historically underserved schools, with a network-wide increase of 34 points, outpacing average gains of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the State of California and many local charter networks.

If the Partnership, which is a part of LAUSD, were considered a school district in its own right, it would rank #1 among the 161 mid- and large-sized California school districts in terms of API growth. No other system with 10,000 or more students had gains above 30 points.

“These gains are a testament to the hard work and persistence of the thousands of students, parents, teachers and administrators who make up our Partnership,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who founded the Partnership in 2007. “Each and every one of them deserves recognition for this year’s outstanding success at the Partnership. I look forward to all of us building on this momentum and achieving even greater gains going forward.”

“At the core of these results is a dedicated group of teachers and administrators who have worked tirelessly over the last several years to implement the strategies that best support their students,” said Partnership CEO Marshall Tuck. “We are very proud of our students who are proving that when people believe in them and they are given the proper supports, they will succeed.”

Other performance highlights include:

  • Jordan High School, in just its first year with the Partnership, achieved a 93-point gain
  • 8 out of 22 Partnership schools are above the 80th Percent Rank average API Growth amongst LAUSD schools
  • Jordan and Roosevelt ESP are in the 99th Percent Rank with Jordan showing the highest gains amongst all LAUSD High Schools
  • 99th St Elementary and Santee Education Complex each have API gains exceeding 100 points during their four years with the Partnership
  • Ritter Elementary, Markham Middle School, and Hollenbeck Middle School have gains of more than 80 points over their four years with the Partnership
  • 99th St Elementary, Ritter Elementary, and Figueroa Elementary are approaching state target of 800

About the Partnership

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools strives to uplift children in the city’s poorest communities by transforming their local public school into a safe and secure place of opportunity, achievement and discovery. In terms of students served, the Partnership is one of the largest school turnaround organizations in the nation, providing a range of supports to its nearly 15,000 students. Founded in 2007 as the cornerstone of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s strategy to improve education in Los Angeles, the Partnership is a unique collaboration between the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District to turn around LA’s lowest performing schools and to create a model for doing so district wide. The Partnership today manages 22 schools with approximately 1,300 school-site employees. The Partnership is a 501(c) 3 non-profit education management organization with nearly 40 full-time employees. For more information, go to

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
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P: 213-201-2000 x 274, C: 323-574-2863

Source: The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools