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Los Angeles Unified School District Administration; Article 5. Program Evaluation   

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(a) From funds appropriated for this purpose, the department shall contract for an evaluator to perform all of the following:

(1) Compose a progress report on the implementation of the programs authorized under this chapter to be completed on or before January 1, 2008.

(2) Conduct a final evaluation to be completed by January 1, 2011.

(3) Report to the Legislature and the Governor on the final evaluation completed pursuant to paragraph (2) and, in that report, make recommendations to continue, modify, or terminate the programs by January 1, 2011, based upon the results in meeting the measurements described in subdivision (b).

(b) The evaluation of the effectiveness of the programs shall be based on a comparison of the LAUSD and its component schools and pupils in 2006 relative to the time of the evaluation of the LAUSD and its component schools and pupils. The evaluation shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

(1) Whether schools participating in the Los Angeles Mayor's Community Partnership for School Excellence, other schools in the LAUSD, and the LAUSD as a whole accomplished the following:

(A) Significantly improved pupil learning and academic achievement based on the academic standards of the state, graduation requirements, and other standards for assessing the achievement of pupils.

(B) Significantly improved graduation rates and significantly reduced dropout rates.

(C) Significantly reduced the academic achievement gap among racial and ethnic groups, between pupils with exceptional needs and pupils without those needs, and between English language learners and pupils who are fluent in English, so that all pupils are attaining similar, acceptable levels of academic achievement.

(D) Provided parent satisfaction with the schools that their children attend.

(E) Ensured English language learner success.

(2) Whether schools participating in the Los Angeles Mayor's Community Partnership for School Excellence, other schools in the LAUSD, and the LAUSD as a whole accomplished, and to what degree they accomplished, the following:

(A) Made all schools clean and safe places for pupils and school staff.

(B) Ensured that each pupil has a qualified teacher who has had appropriate professional development for the one or more grades and subjects that he or she teaches.

(C) Ensured that each school has a principal who has had appropriate professional development to improve his or her ability as an educational leader to assist in improving teaching and learning at the school to which he or she is assigned, in building strong educational teams, and in promoting parental involvement and community relations.

(D) Ensured transparency in the fiscal affairs of the schools and district.

(E) Made parents, teachers, and other school staff full partners in the decisions that affect schools.

(F) Decentralized the district to reduce management bureaucracies and to increase resources to schools and classrooms.

(G) Ensured that class sizes are at or below statewide averages for the corresponding grade levels.

(H) Ensured that the district and schools are able to attract and retain quality teachers.

(I) Held the school community segments accountable for the achievement of the above-described goals.

(Added by Stats. 2006, Ch. 299, Sec. 3.)