Posted on December 4, 2015 1:49 pm

By Mike Szymanski

LA Unified is among nine California school districts that are using a new index to gauge the success of schools, applying a mix of academic achievement as well as social, emotional and cultural measures.

Leaders of the non-profit California Office to Reform Education (CORE) districts presented their plan to the California School Boards Association annual conference today in San Diego. The assessment is the first of its kind in the nation, and preliminary results are expected in February.

Speaking on a conference call with reporters today, CORE executive director Rick Miller said the new system is not about “hammering people, but on how to improve the school so that everyone gets better at what they do.” The CORE team found failures in the No Child Left Behind model;

districts adopting the new assessment tools received a federal waiver from some of its requirements last year.

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