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LAUSD's New School Scoring System Is Complicated. We Explain

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The L.A. Unified School District has unveiled a new way to measure school performance over time.

Why the change? Standardized test scores may be the go-to metric, but they're arguably as much an indicator of the poverty level of a school as the amount of learning that happens there.

The new measure is called an "Academic Growth" score, and the district claims it can account for and filter out the effects of poverty and other societal stressors.

This growth score relies on a complicated formula to see how effectively a school is helping its students improve their standardized test scores over time.

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So how is it calculated? Kyle explains in the video below:

To go deeper and find your own school's growth score, read our full story here.