The Los Angeles County Office of Education is the largest regional education agency in the nation, serving the county’s 80 school districts and 2 million preschool and school-age children.
We educate the country’s most vulnerable students, annually providing direct classroom instruction for thousands of young people, including children with severe disabilities, juvenile offenders and others at high risk of dropping out or with unique needs.
Last year, we continued to make big strides in our wide-ranging school reform effort to boost the quality of education in our juvenile court schools.
We saw dramatic gains in test scores as we successfully implemented programs to enhance instruction, motivate and engage our students, and give them the skills to succeed.
We continued to expand our “Road to Success Academies,” an award-winning model of instruction and intervention for incarcerated youth. The approach features interdisciplinary, project-based learning focused on themes that address students’ academic and mental health needs. It incorporates activities to promote self-esteem and empower students to make positive choices and behavioral change.
In addition, we continued to effectively oversee the state’s largest Head Start grantee program, serving thousands of preschool children and their families.
Districts also turned to LACOE for state-of-the-art technology services and specialized training and professional development for teachers and school administrators.
On the business side, we monitored and helped ensure the fiscal solvency of county school districts and reviewed annual budgets. We helped districts save, and safeguard, their money through the cost-effective delivery of essential administrative and business services.
Our accomplishments keep us energized as we continue to serve students, support communities and lead educators in promoting educational excellence and making a difference in children’s lives.