The Game-Changing Factors and People Lifting School Performance in Los Angeles

Our first-ever True Grit Report presents a snapshot of how schools strengthen and leverage culture, data, collaboration, systems and partnerships to improve student performance. The report shares examples of "true grit" from these schools with the hope that we may build upon and replicate their achievements.  

The report is based on conversations with more than 400 teachers and administrators at 35 diverse schools that grew 40 points or more according to the Academic Performance Index, the tool used to measure achievement in California’s schools. 

In the report, we examined the following “True Grit” factors that contributed to elevating school performance:

  • Strengthening School Culture
  • Making Data Dynamic
  • Working Smarter Together
  • Building Smarter Systems
  • Partnering with Parents and the Community

For each factor in this report, we have highlighted how specific strategies support the different needs of diverse stakeholders—from staff to students, family and the community.

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True Grit: The Game-Changing Factors and People Lifting School Performance in Los Angeles

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