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Enhancing Instruction and Academic Achievement Resolution FINAL

Enhancing Instruction and Academic Achievement Resolution FINAL

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Published by: Los Angeles Daily News on May 09, 2012
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Ms. Martinez, Mr. Zimmer—Enhancing Instruction and Academic Achievement
Whereas, The Los Angeles Unified School District is committed to graduating all students prepared for post-secondary education and training without remediation and productiveemployment with opportunities for advancement and civic participation; andWhereas, LAUSD strives to provide equitable and high quality learning opportunities for all students and has set clear goals to raise grade level proficiency, California High SchoolExit Exam (CAHSEE) pass rates, A-G completion rates, and to improve college readiness,career preparation, and preparation for life after high school; andWhereas, The District has adopted policies in support of these goals, including the“Multiple Pathways” resolution, a resolution to partner with the Los Angeles CommunityCollege District, the “Small Schools II” resolution, a resolution to offer a rigorous,relevant, and personalized educational programs offering an A-G curriculum with multiple pathways at the high school level, and the “Diplomas for All” resolution, that requires theimplementation of a demanding, engaging, and integrated high school program that provides academic rigor and real-world relevance; andWhereas, On June 14, 2005, The Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles passed aResolution to “Create Educational Equity in Los Angeles through the Implementation of the A-G Course Sequence as Part of the High School Graduation Requirements”; andWhereas, This resolution stated that, beginning in 2012, every student entering the ninthgrade must complete the A-G course sequence in order to graduate from the Los AngelesUnified School District and that the implementation of the A-G course sequence, as agraduation requirement, would include necessary learning supports, realignment anddedication of resources necessary, beginning early in a student’s education, so that everystudent is prepared to successfully complete the A-G course sequence at all grade levelsfrom K-12; andWhereas, This resolution directed the Superintendent to align and dedicate resources tosupport professional development that ensures that all teachers are supported inresearching, developing, and sharing rigorous, engaging, and culturally relevant curriculumand effective methods for the implementation of the A-G curriculum; andWhereas, This resolution also directed the Superintendent to strengthen the vocational andcareer technical education program so that it is more aligned with A-G requirements andwould better prepare students to meet the demands of today’s skill intensive 21
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centurylabor market; andWhereas, The value and mission of A-G as accepted policy demonstrates true leadershipand initiative in providing equity and access to higher education; andWhereas, The A-G graduation requirements allows marginalized students to secure theoption to attend a four year public university; and
 
Whereas, The implementation of the A-G graduation requirements will increase equity,reduce achievement gaps, and transform education in LAUSD; andWhereas, There is a fundamental value in offering rigorous courses with the belief thatstudents will perform to the expectations of their teachers and administrators; andWhereas, The A-G Implementation Plan will ensure that all students are mastering and passing core courses and that it represents a long-term commitment to educationalexcellence, is intentionally rigorous, focuses on instruction and academic achievement,makes all students competitive and, most importantly, equitable for all students; now,therefore be it,Resolved, That the Superintendent and the Deputy Superintendent of Instruction willincrease instructional support, with existing resources, that will:
Use common core professional development to prepare teachers in A-G courses,focused on math and English; and
Maximize strategic teacher placement and effective evaluation to support student’sneeds; and
Maximize professional development that is focused on increasing studentscompletion of courses without the need for additional remediation/credit recovery;and
Expand the use of integrated curriculum to deliver course content in traditionalclasses and increase relevance of traditional academic courses by adoptingdifferent methods of delivering instruction including linked learning; and
Ensure that schools maximize the use of transcripts and student data to identify at-risk students;Resolved further, That the Superintendent and the Deputy Superintendent of Instruction provide greater support, for successful A-G completion, to middle school students by:
Ensuring that middle schools use common core professional development to prepare for courses in high school; and
Maximizing use of integrated pre-algebra courses; and
Using existing interventions and early warning systems to identify high risk students; and
Ensuring that English Language Learners are on track to reclassify and/or enroll inA-G coursework;Resolved further, That the Superintendent and the Deputy Superintendent of Instructionincrease flexibility in master scheduling by:
Ensuring students successfully complete 15 A-G courses and that they are on-track for graduation before they are enrolled in non-sequential additional courses; and
Ensuring that English Language Learners are afforded maximum opportunity tomeet the “E” requirement through testing, AP testing and principal approval; and
Prioritizing the use of block schedules;

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