Education

Education in LA County

Education is one of the most important issues for LA County, affecting the most vulnerable populations as well as the most privileged. Datasets of note include higher ed, special ed, non-traditional ed & vocational programs, LAUSD K12, school facilities, performance metrics, demographics, finances, federal & state policy tracking, and federal, state, county & city standardized test scores. All of these data help to paint LA County's current academic picture and highlight its education data gaps.

SIGNIFICANT DATA GAPS IN EDUCATION IN L.A. COUNTY

The complexity of Los Angeles County's school district map directly impacts the type of educational data that is available and unavailable. Because school districts do not necessarily align with the city boundaries in LA County (there are 88 cities for 93 school districts), many students live in one city but attend school in a different school district. This complexity makes tracking student progress and success more difficult than it would be in a unified system. Geographical and demographic nuances create a data ecosystem in Los Angeles that does not allow for a single data system to track students as they move through the school system.

Other major educational data gaps include data on foster youth academic success and metrics on social emotional learning. The latter is difficult to obtain and not widely available statewide in California. This is of special concern in Los Angeles County because it provides social services to one of the nation’s largest populations of foster youth. This data is essential to understanding the overall, long term success and welfare of students across LA County.

EDUCATION STORIES

Featured and related stories about education in L.A. County. See all education stories and datasets

MORE EDUCATION TOOLS AND RESOURCES

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DATA EXPERTS

Learn more about the people working at the intersection of data and education in Los Angeles County.

Josh Berman | LA School Report

Sarah Favot | LA School Report

Walt Gardner | Education Week Blog

Tom Jacobson | Los Angeles Education Research Institute

Kelly King | California Community Foundation

Sonali Kohli | LA Times

Pedro Noguera | UCLA Graduate School of Education and information Services

Jeannie Oakes | Learning Policy Institute

Mary Plummer | KPCC

Kyle Stokes | KPCC

Mike Szymanski | LA School Report

 

STATEWIDE RESOURCES APPLICABLE TO L.A. COUNTY

California Department of Education school dashboard | Dashboard with performance indicators, essential operating costs and baseline college readiness.

Dataquest | A search database through the California Department of Education.

Education Data Partnership | Comparative data analysis between cities and counties.

Education Results Partnership | Highlights schools and educational institutions that have had success in their teaching.

EdSource | Dashboard with school search capabilities.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY RESOURCES

California Charter Association | Charter-school-specific data.

LA School Report | Blog for high-level education stories with a constant focus on education partnerships and report-based news content.

Los Angeles Times California school guide | Performance metrics and a resource to search, evaluate and compare L.A. County schools by school name, student body and faculty information.

Los Angeles Town Chart | Detailed data on higher education attainment by City and other school trajectory data.

Statistical atlas for Los Angeles | Visual breakdown of education achievement per City in Los Angeles County.

HIGHER EDUCATION RESOURCES

Comprehensive datasets and consolidation for public university data can be found for the University of California and CSU systems.

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Data and policy related content and stories that focus specifically on the intersection of business and education.

The UC information center | Data from success metrics for students based on job placement to degrees awarded by race.