Vision and Mission
Every LAUSD student will receive an education in a safe, caring environment, and every student will be college‐prepared and career‐ready
LAUSD will provide high quality instruction and a coherent and rigorous curriculum in every classroom to facilitate student learning and achievement
Byron Maltez, Superintendent's Message
It is hard to believe that we are on the home-stretch of the 2013-2014 school-year! While vacation plans are being made and the lure of summer is calling, we must remember that there is much to accomplish in these last weeks of instructional time. This has been an unprecedented year of new initiatives, changes, and challenges, but much has been accomplished. I encourage students, parents, teachers, administrators, and District staff, to stay focused on the end goals so that we can truly celebrate the victories ahead.
The Smarter Balanced Field Test schedule will continue throughout the District until the May 16th close of the testing window. I wish to thank everyone involved in this tremendous effort. This practice run has helped to identify operational issues that must be addressed before the full launch in 2014-15, and data has been collected that will be used in refining the testing process for next year. As a reminder, none of the data is evaluative for students, teachers, or schools in this field test study.
The California Department of Education (CDE) recently released the 4 year cohort graduation rate for the Class of 2013. After CDE accounted for data corrections and summer graduates, the LAUSD 4-year cohort graduation rate is 66%. Educational Service Center North’s 4-year cohort graduation rate is 85.7%, 19 percentage points higher than the LAUSD’s rate. Since the Class of 2011, ESC North’s cohort graduation rate has increased 8.7 percent, which is equivalent to the District’s cohort graduation rate growth over that time period. Fourteen out of the fifteen senior high schools in ESC North had cohort graduation rates for the Class of 2013 above 80%. Five schools had cohort graduation rates over 90%. These schools include: Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies Magnet (95.5%), Pearl SH (95%), Arleta SH (94.5%), Northridge Academy SH (92.3%), and Valley Alt Magnet (90.7%). Congratulations to all our schools that have made such an effort to help students accomplish graduation requirements. We will continue to work toward success for all students and a 100% success rate.
The State of California is changing the way it funds public education, allowing school districts, like LAUSD, to better serve our high-needs students. This new funding system is called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). LAUSD is helping to make public sense of this complex budget topic through community meetings and presentation. You may access an interactive presentation through the LAUSD home page to learn more about LCFF and LCAP.
LAUSD’s sixth annual “School Experience Survey” will document the experiences and perceptions of parents, staff and students at their schools. The survey is April 21-May 23. The “School Experience Survey” provides valuable information to stakeholders about LAUSD schools each year. Parents, staff and students (grades 3-12), will answer survey questions designed to measure our schools’ climate. The survey focuses on student social and emotional learning; the opportunity to learn; school cleanliness and safety; and parent involvement. The data gathered through this survey will be reported in detail for each school this fall. In addition, the data will also be reported in each school’s School Report Card. You may access the survey on the LAUSD Home Page.
As this year draws to a close, we look toward full implementation of the Common Core Standards in 2014-15. Under the leadership of Common Core Director, Carol Alexander, we have trained over 3,000 teachers this semester in ESC North so that they will be prepared for the rigorous expectations and instructional practices of these new national standards. I wish to thank our dedicated ESC North Instructional Coordinators and Common Core Experts for their diligent efforts in providing outstanding training and support to our teachers. Training and support will continue throughout next year to further broaden understanding of the standards, instructional shifts, and 21st Century best practices in the classroom.
Congratulations to the many teachers, administrators, classified staff, custodial staff and ESC North support staff that are retiring in June. Your dedication and commitment has made a difference in the lives of countless numbers of students. We wish you joy in this new chapter of life!
Finally, congratulations to our high school seniors, who will be crossing the stage soon. Know that your teachers, coaches, counselors and parents are proud of your accomplishments. On behalf of the entire ESC North family, we wish you great success in your future endeavors.
It is my honor to serve as superintendent of ESC North. I wish you all a summer of wonderful memories.
Superintendent, ESC North
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 818-654-3600 or email us at ESC-North-Instructional@lausd.net.
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