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Monday, September 20, 2010 - LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Two schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District saw triple-digit gains on their 2010 Academic Performance Index (API) scores, officials revealed Monday.
The schools are Los Angeles-Melrose Elementary School Math/Science/Technology Magnet and Broadway Elementary School.
Melrose Elementary School Magnet reported a 124-point increase, jumping from 715 to 839 in its API score while Broadway's score increased by 107 points to 855. 800 is the score most schools try to reach.
Melrose Elementary School Magnet undertook strategies which are being attributed to its improved API score. 5th graders participated in a robotics program, allowing them to apply their math and science skills. Others were involved in the school's gardening program, which is an integral part of the science curriculum.
"We really based our instruction on data and response to intervention, which brought on results," said Broadway Elementary School Principal Susan Wang in a news release. "We looked at the data and provided differentiated instruction to focus around the students' needs."