Student Need Index An Equity Aggregate Student Need Index for LCFF in the Los Angeles Unified School District
Advancement Project, in close collaboration with the Community Coalition and InnerCity Struggle, has produced a rigorous, research-based ranking of the highest need schools within LAUSD that best meet the criteria for additional funding under the new Local Control Funding Formula.
This Student Need Index not only measures how students are doing in the classroom, but also takes into account the neighborhood conditions that can negatively impact a student’s academic success. The Student Need Index measures target student populations specifically highlighted in the new Local Control Funding Formula – foster youth, English Language Learners, and low-income students. At the same time, the Student Need Index measures neighborhood conditions, such as exposure to violence, access to other community resources like youth programming and early care and education, and health outcomes. Finally, the Need Index includes many of the more traditional measures of student achievement, such as 3rd and 8th grade test scores, number of suspension and expulsions, and dropout rates.
One example of what it means to attend one of the “Highest Need” schools…