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L.A. Compact Statement on LAUSD 2010 API Double-Digit Gains

LOS ANGELES — The L.A. Compact congratulates the Los Angeles Unified School District for its double-digit gains in the state Academic Performance Index (API), which jumped 16 points and exceeded the state average by three points.

Despite increasing challenges — a $640-million deficit, massive cuts and a shortened school year — LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines and key district leaders improved student performance, in part, by leveraging L.A. Compact relationships with the City, business leaders, labor, higher education and community-based organizations.

We are proud of the accomplishments made by the district at a time when many things were not in its favor.  The growth is a testament to collaborative community investment efforts, like those of the L.A. Compact, that leverage our individual resources for focused efforts that benefit our youth.

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Signed in February 2010, the L.A. Compact is a commitment to focus on boosting high school graduation rates, better preparing students for college and providing students more opportunities and access to meaningful jobs and careers.  For more information on the L.A. Compact, visit

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