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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles Unified School District changing the way it ranks students and teachers.

The district’s new system, which will be called Academic Growth over Time, will use a formula to rank students over time, using standardized test scores as the raw data.

“With AGT over Time, we’ll know how much students have progressed on standardized tests,” LAUSD spokeswoman Lauren Mendoza said.

The system will be rolled out in phases. The first round of English language arts and mathematics data will be released for 3rd through 8th grades, rather than individual students.

“Like all measures related to student learning, this approach is subject to limitations,” the District says on its Web site.

Mendoza said the District’s goal is a 100 percent high school graduation rate and “AGT over Time will help us get there.”

LAUSD graduated only 70 percent of students in the 2008-2009 school year, according the state Department of Education.

The system was designed with the help of the University of Wisconsin Value Added Research Center.

To see if your school is making the grade, click here.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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