One week before Los Angeles Unified schools start the new year, Superintendent Michelle King delivered her second annual “State of the District” address, listing gains in bilingual education and suspension reduction and outlining plans for expanded language programs, teacher training and arts and science programs.
“We are reaching new heights, and we will accelerate our pace towards 100 percent graduation,” King told LAUSD board members and hundreds of school administrators Tuesday at James A. Garfield High School in East Los Angeles.
King opened her annual address by delineating advances over the past year. Among them:
• The number of school days lost to suspensions has plummeted, King said, from more than 26,000 instructional days lost five years ago to 5,160 days most recently.
• Magnet programs have grown from 169 programs five years ago to 225 programs now, King said.
• This past school year, 3,117 students were proficient in English and a second language, according to a state measurement, King said. That’s almost double the number of students five years ago — 1,650.
• The district’s English-learner reclassification rate has risen to 20 percent, a record, compared with 15.6 percent five years ago, King said. That’s the measure of how many students are becoming more proficient in English.
• King said that last June, 85 percent of graduating seniors met the requirements for what are called “A-G” classes, the college-preparation classes required by University of California and California State schools for admission. Students need to have a “D” or better in these…
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