Eye On Family

It's a time that fills students with dread. report card day. But now in Los Angeles, it's not just the kids getting graded. the nation's second largest school district-- is now giving detailed progress reports on the schools themselves.

Judy Elliot, L.A.U.S.D Chief Academic Officer says, "It really is to engage the community and our parents, in what's working really well and how do we reallocate our resources given the economy in a laser like focus so we can make sure there's equity."

And it's not just simple letter grades - parents will be able to see how their child's school performs when it comes to college preparedness, graduation rates, proficiency in math, language and science - even campus safety. Some parents say they wish they had this years ago.

Rosalia Alaya, a parent, says, "It would've been much easier for me. My kids are teenagers and they are graduated. So if I had had this tool before it would've been much easier to go to the principals, to go to the teachers."

The information has been available for years, but the L.A.U.S.D says in the past, only school successes or improvements were noted.

The new reports will give both the good and the bad. Elliott says, "It's no longer admiring the problem. We know what the data say, we need to do something about it, and it's time to realign and have top-down bottom up accountability for what we do for our students."

Cesar Melendez, a student, says, "Many of our parents are not aware of the problems that are present in the school. They need to know what they're getting their kids into. They need to know that there are problems in the school, that the school is not perfect."

Critics say while report cards may not be a bad idea, the timing could be better.

The LA Unified School district is trying to cut $600 million from its budget and though private foundations picked up most of the bill, it's still costing taxpayers nearly $650,000 a year.

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