A Long Beach Unified School District progress report on its five school board districts shows significant gains in student achievement throughout all geographic areas as measured by state and national assessments, college readiness measurements including scholarships earned, and other factors.
“We’ve received a lot of attention at the state and national levels for our success, and I’m frequently asked by outsiders how we do it,” said LBUSD Superintendent of Schools Christopher J. Steinhauser. “This progress report helps illustrate why Long Beach schools are consistently ranked among the best in the state and the nation. With the hard work of our employees and many supporters, we have progressed toward educational equity regardless of where students live or how much money their parents make. There is always more work to be done, but we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far.”
The report shows steady and significant gains on the state’s Academic Performance Index at schools throughout all five board districts, with many more schools meeting and exceeding state performance targets than just a few years ago. Likewise, 450 more students throughout the school district completed A-G requirements for entrance to state colleges and universities than five years ago, a 28 percent increase.
Such improvements have occurred despite the state’s ongoing multi-billion-dollar cuts to public education.
“That’s a testament to the resilience and hard work of our people,” Steinhauser said. “Our schools are on their way up. My fear, however, is that these results will be taken for granted. We will not continue to see these gains – and in fact we will lose ground – if we keep slashing education funding in California. This report tells us that Long Beach is a school system worth saving, not just for California, but for our nation.”
The report includes five sections, one for each of LBUSD’s five school board districts. Click on the map below to expand it and select reports for districts one through five.