Publications & Resources

The Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project: Evaluation Findings

Mar 2003

Joan L. Herman and Eva L. Baker

From 1994 through 2000, the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project, or LAAMP, was one of 18 major school improvement initiatives across the country to be funded by the $1.1 billion Annenberg Challenge. Its centerpiece was a new educational structure known as the School Family, which brought together teachers, administrators, and parents from high schools and their feeder middle schools and elementary schools, plus others with an interest in education. LAAMP organizers hoped the School Families would create a stable learning environment for students by encouraging coordination among schools and between grade levels. The researchers found that LAAMP accomplished some of what it set out to do, but for a variety of reasons, it did not attain its ultimate goal of improving student performance. However, overall, the researchers found that the LAAMP reform can claim many achievements that benefited K-12 education in Los Angeles County.

Herman, J. L., & Baker, E. L. (2003). The Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project: Evaluation findings (CSE Report 591). Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).