Districtwide, 64 percent of schools met their API targets – a required state performance increase based on a school’s performance the year before – compared to 51 percent last year. Statewide, 68 percent met their targets compared to 48 percent last year. Wong attributed the 13-point increase to LAUSD’s continuing work in English Language Arts and improving math at elementary schools, focusing on instruction and literacy at the secondary level and ongoing assessments to focus instruction on skills that students need. “It’s because the teachers are teaching the standards and we’re testing what the children are being taught,” she said. But neither the state nor the district has matched their performance of 2003, when 85 percent of LAUSD schools and 78 percent statewide met their targets. Since then, the state has been putting greater weight on the standards test in calculating API scores, Wong said. -Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722, [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the third straight year, Los Angeles Unified’s minority and low-income students met or exceeded state academic progress goals in math and English, but they failed to narrow the achievement gap with Asians and whites, according to a state report released this morning. Reflecting statewide trends, LAUSD’s socioeconomically disadvantaged students added 18 points on the state’s benchmark Academic Performance Index, which measures performance on a 200-1,000 point scale. Students are expected to achieve a score of 800 over the next few years. “The good news is there is continuing improvement in all our subgroups, and it’s a consistent improvement. But because all groups are growing the (achievement) gap is not necessarily narrowing,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent for planning, assessment and research at LAUSD. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week African-Americans added 16 points and Latinos added 17 points to last year’s score. White and Asian students in the district improved by similar strides, with whites gaining 18 points and Asians up 17 points. They were the only two subgroups in the district to exceed 800 points. The school board is scheduled today to hold the first meeting of its Educational Equity Committee, which will focus on ways to close the achievement gap. “This is the core of the work that still needs to be done and studied. We’re really going to start to look at schools that are closing the gap, what they are doing and replicating their successs,” board President Marlene Canter said. The API results released by the State Department of Education were nearly identical to those released Aug. 1, but included results broken down by ethnicity and income – which officials refer to as subgroups – giving administrators more detailed information about where to focus their resources.