A quality education provides students with opportunities to fulfill their dreams.
In 2009 the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education took a proactive step to identify the Districts' lowest-performing schools and build a process that supports YOUR participation in the design and review of school plans that demonstrate the potential to transform to the lowest performing schools into high performing communities of learning for all students. The schools that participate in the PSC are called "Focus Schools." Many of our Focus Schools are struggling to prepare our students to read, write and understand grade level mathematics. This fact becomes evident at the elementary level, asonly 62% of students reach proficient or advanced in English Language Arts on the
California Standards Test. At the middle school level, only 61% of students enrolled in Algebra 1 are earning a C or better and by the time students reach high school, and only 54% of high school students graduate in 4 years. This information is alarming because research shows that students reading below grade level in the 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. On the reverse, students who pass their Algebra 1 course with a C or better are 2 times more likely to graduate from high school.
Parents, students and community members, partner with us as we work to write school plans that support the needs of all students. The PSC school plan application calls parents, high school students, educators and community members to reflect on the following key sections that make-up a school plan:
- Adopt a stronger vision for the students and the school;
- Be self-reflective when analyzing school performance indicators, explain why the school is severely underperforming and highlight areas where the schools is improving;
- Prioritize the instructional needs of the school; and,
- Outline the process for implementing a school plan that better serves ALL students.
Parents, students and community must join the cause by becoming actively involved as Focus School partners during the design and planning for the implementation of the school plans. YOUR voices are a critical factor in addressing the persistently low achievement levels of our schools. The LAUSD PSC Resolution seeks to genuinely engage parents as partners in the educational process to set students on the path to success.
How can I become involved in PSC? PARENTS! Students! Community!
The Public School Choice Resolution empowers parents, students and community by giving them an opportunity to directly participate in designing and reviewing the proposed school plans for new and low-performing schools in their community. Parents, students and community have unique circumstances that might allow them to participate in PSC as either a member of a planning; as a participant of our monthly 3-hour workshops for parents, students and community; or by supporting planning teams by attending one-time focus groups. This is how you can get involved in PSC 4.0!
|Opportunities for Parent, Student & Community Participation|
Planning Team Member
Parents, students and community will work with educators on a weekly bases to support the designing and implementation of a school plan from August 2012-May 2013
Planning Meetings (PSC Quality Schools Academy)
Parents, students and community who would like to participate in monthly workshops starting in September, 2012 to learn new tools to advocate for quality schools and participate in the school plan review process: Click Here for the Schedule of Meetings
Support Planning Team Themed Focus Groups
Parents, students and community who are unable to commit as planning team members but who are available to provide school plan feedback and recommendations for improving the education of student groups (Ex. Focus Groups)
To get involved, see our calendar for the next workshop at your school for parents, students and community, complete the following form or contact the PSC Team to get more information by dialing (213) 241-5519. Click here to access the PSC Contact Form.