Mendez Learning Center for Engineering and Technology has Second Best CAHSEE Pass Rate Improvement
The Mendez Learning Center for Engineering and Technology is one of 22 schools that are part of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a turnaround project started by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. A unique collaboration between the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Partnership focuses on targeted improvement at some of the city’s most impoverished, historically struggling schools – and the Mendez Learning Center for Engineering and Technology is no exception: 82% of their students are classified as socioeconomically disadvantaged and 24% are classed as Limited English Proficiency.
“We are grateful Revolution Prep has joined with the Partnership in our effort to bring technology into historically low-income, high-need schools. The math and English software programs Revolution Prep is providing will allow our teachers to better support the differentiated learning needs of their students and bridge the digital divide that separates so many low income students from their wealthier peers.” - Mayor Villaraigosa
High school students in a traditionally high-needs neighborhood tend to come to school unprepared for the rigorous curriculum; Mendez staff therefore used Algebra Readiness and Algebra I software in a variety of courses – as targeted intervention. CAHSEE 380 was also used to help increase pass rates on the California exit exam.
“We evaluated many programs and schools’ successes with each when deciding who to partner with and Revolution K12 showed great gains with some individual schools in our service area. This partnership marks the first time we have taken on an outside vendor to make significant change in our teaching and learning. By incorporating online assessments and instruction, our teachers will have the tools to offer a blended learning approach to student achievement.” - Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ CEO Marshall Tuck.
The Mendez Engineering and Technology Center was ranked #2 in terms of CAHSEE pass rate improvement (amongst all LAUSD comprehensive high schools in the Partnership).
In just one year, CAHSEE Math pass rate improved from 55% to 68%.
CAHSEE ELA pass rate improved from 55% to 61%.
The percent of students scoring Far Below Basic on the Algebra I CST decreased from 38% to 28%. Further, the percent of students achieving at least a score of Basic, improved from 10% to 18%, demonstrating that the achievement curve is slowly shifting.