How did the public schools serving West Hollywood do on new state tests?
This report looks at the local public schools that serve West Hollywood. Those schools are West Hollywood Elementary, Gardner Street Elementary, Laurel Elementary, Rosewood Avenue Elementary, Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle, John Burroughs Middle, and Fairfax High School. We’re not including private schools, charters, magnets, or other alternatives.
We’ll focus on the schools’ results on new state tests, using data from the Los Angeles Times. For comparison, we’ll also show the numbers for selected schools in nearby communities. We won’t try to explain the differences among schools in this report.
The school district
In California, city governments and school districts are distinct entities. Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) serves the residents of West Hollywood. It has over 600,000 students, one out of every 10 in the state. The term “unified” means that the district has both primary schools and high schools.
An elected school board governs the LAUSD. The board president, Steve Zimmer, represents a large area that includes West Hollywood.
West Hollywood Elementary sits on the city’s westside. Gardner Street Elementary lies near the eastside. Rosewood Avenue Elementary and Laurel Elementary are by center city. Each school had between 300 and 450 students in the 2015-2016 school year. They were smaller than El Rodeo Elementary in Beverly Hills, which had almost 700 students.
The chart below shows the enrollment for each school. The blue bars indicate schools serving West Hollywood.
Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle is east of Highland in Hollywood. It had about 800 students in 2015-2016. John Burroughs Middle is just east of the Miracle Mile. It had over 1,800 students.
Fairfax High School, at the corner of Melrose and Fairfax, had about 2,000 students. It’s smaller than Santa Monica High, about the same size as Culver City High, and bigger than Hollywood High and Beverly Hills High.
The test results
California joined other states in adopting “Common Core” standards for what students should learn. The state introduced new “Smarter Balanced” tests along with the new standards. The 2015-2016 school year was the second year of those tests in California.
The chart below shows the percentage of students at each local school who met or exceeded the standards for math and English, based on the tests.
West Hollywood Elementary did very well on the tests. 78% of its students met or exceeded the math standard and 88% met or exceeded the English standard. That was higher than the four elementary schools in Beverly Hills. Their math results ranged from 62% to 68% and their English results from 70% to 82%.
Fewer students at other West Hollywood-serving schools met or exceeded the new standards. The results at Gardner Street Elementary, Rosewood Avenue Elementary, and John Burroughs Middle were in the range of 41% to 45% for math and 56% to 63% for English. Those results were above the California average of 37% for math and 48% for English.
Laurel Elementary came in below the California average but about the same as the LAUSD average. 28% of Laurel’s students met or exceeded math standards and 41% did so for English. Bancroft Middle fell below the district average in math, with only 18% meeting or exceeding the standard.
At Fairfax High, 34% of students met or exceeded the math standard and 60% the English standard. That was lower than Culver City High, Santa Monica High, and Beverly Hills High. It was also lower than Hollywood High in English but a bit higher in math.
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