LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The city’s top teacher welcomed school officials back to class on Wednesday and said improved testing results should be enough to silence those critical of the district.
KNX 1070′s John Brooks reports LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy is using some good news to kick off the new school year.
In a speech to principals and administrators, Deasy released the results of the most recent high school exit exams, which join a long list of other rising test scores.
“75 percent of tenth-graders passed the English portion, and 75 percent of tenth-graders passed the math portion,” said Deasy. “That is just remarkable.”
Despite the uptick in testing results, the district’s overall graduation rate of 56 percent underscores the challenges facing both teachers and administrators.
Deasy, however, called for critics to abstain from any public comments until they have seen all the available data.
“The relentless disbelief in our public school system in our country must end, and the poisonous and fractious rhetoric has no place in LAUSD,” said Deasy.