The Laker Reading Room was jam-packed last week as parents of Bridges middle school students gathered to hear a presentation on what to look for when choosing a high school for their children. Representatives from the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Parent Academy shared with the assembled group several factors to consider when assessing a school. Josefina Viramontes and Ignacio Rojas walked the parents through the meaning of a school’s Academic Yearly Performance (AYP) and Academic Performance Index (API). The AYP is a statewide accountability system mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which requires each state to ensure that all schools and districts make Adequate Yearly Progress. The API is the cornerstone of California’s Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999 and measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures. It was a very informative night and a special thanks to Vero Matos, HOLA’s Parent and Community Outreach Director, for coordinating the workshop.