LAUSD Board Rejects Yelp-Like Rating System for Schools

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The courtyard of the Miguel Contreras Education Complex in downtown Los Angeles is seen on Jan. 22, 2019. (Credit: Scott Heins/Getty Images)

The courtyard of the Miguel Contreras Education Complex in downtown Los Angeles is seen on Jan. 22, 2019. (Credit: Scott Heins/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles school board rejected a proposal to give Yelp-like ratings to its schools, but agreed Tuesday to make data on how students perform year to year on standardized tests more easily available.

The board voted 6-1 against a first-ever proposal to rate schools on a scale of 1 to 5. School board Vice President Jackie Goldberg had fueled the anti-rating momentum after the plan became more widely known in August. It was never supported by the unions representing teachers or administrators.

“Summative approaches hide a lot, that’s why we’ve been disaggregating information,” Goldberg said during the meeting.

In a compromise move, Goldberg, who wrote the resolution to reject the ratings, amended it to make the “growth data” on year-to-year test scores available. The district currently calculates and collects this information, but does not make it accessible online.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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