Individual Teacher’s Academic Growth Over Time (AGT) Scores Held not to be Public Records (K-12)

On July 23, 2014, the court of appeal in Los Angeles decided Los Angeles Unified School District v. Superior Court (Los Angeles Times) (2014) ___ Cal.App.4th ___. The court held that Academic Growth Over Time, or “AGT,” scores of individual teachers were not public records. The court found that the public interest in keeping these scores confidential clearly outweighed the public interest served by their disclosure because Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) had demonstrated that releasing the AGT scores of identifiable individual teachers would undermine the district’s ability to perform its statutory duties to educate children.