Independent Analysis Unit - IAU

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The IAU was reconstituted by the Board of Education by an action of the Board on June 21, 2016. The Director of the Independent Analysis Unit was hired on April 28, 2017. The Unit consists of five analysts, in addition to the Director, and utilizes consultants, interns, and other assistance as needed.

The purpose, scope of work, and operating policies of the Independent Analysis Unit (IAU) are defined in the Charter approved on November 14, 2017.

The purpose of the IAU is to inform and advise the Board of Education with objective and nonpartisan analyses regarding the District's current, proposed, and potential policies, budgets, priorities, plans, practices, and initiatives.

The IAU is intended to help the Board develop long-term vision, establish priorities, and ensure that District budgets and initiatives are aligned with the Board’s priorities. Additionally, analysis of proposals prior to Board action is an important role of the IAU, to help the Board make better-informed, high-quality decisions. Both the Board and District staff may benefit from the IAU’s early engagement with District staff about forthcoming initiatives, whereby clarifications may be made prior to submission to the Board.

The IAU provides an independent viewpoint:

  • The IAU reports directly to the Board. Candor and credibility are obtained by not having its work controlled by District staff, the Superintendent, or any individual Board member.
  • The IAU is able to look at issues from a perspective bridging multiple disciplines and crossing District organizational boundaries.
  • The IAU is able to examine deep policy issues, strategies, and long-term risks and opportunities more easily than operational staff bound to the annual decision cycle and immediate priorities.


IAU Informative 2019 0129 - Governors budget 2019-20.pdf524.06 KB
IAU Informative 2018 1217 - Alt LCFF Base Grant Models Appendix.pdf217.97 KB
IAU Informative 2018 1217 - Alt LCFF Base Grant Models (1).pdf1.22 MB
IAU Informative 2018 1130 - SBA Results for Magnet and Non-Magnet Programs.pdf454.69 KB
IAU 2018 1023 Informative - Identification of American Indian/ Alaska Native Students.pdf149.57 KB
IAU 2018 1017 Informative - Native American Students and Chronic Absenteeism.pdf565.15 KB
IAU Informative 2018 1015 - Attendance.pdf169.65 KB
IAU Report 2018 1015 - LTELs.pdf1.41 MB
IAU Report 2018 0830 - Fiscal Outlook.pdf2.11 MB
IAU Informative 2018 0830 - Student Composition of Magnet and Non-Magnet Programs.pdf455.73 KB
IAU Report 2018 0827 - Dual Language Surveys.pdf1.06 MB
IAU Budget Brief 2018.pdf292.34 KB
Title I Funding Allocations.pdf975.99 KB
IAU Report - Reclassification Trends for English Learners in L.A. Unified.pdf401.44 KB
IAU Report - Per Student Revenues and Expenditures.pdf1.11 MB
Transitional Kindergarten and Student Outcomes.pdf1.27 MB
School Performance Indicators.pdf442.1 KB
Enhancing the Presentation of Budget Information.pdf762.44 KB
Uses of Discretionary Irregularly Occurring Funds.pdf959.34 KB
Health and Welfare Benefits: Costs and Liabilities (Presentation).pdf299.87 KB
Instructional Calendar.pdf140.54 KB
Improving Student Outcomes in the Middle Grades.pdf494.99 KB
School Improvement Grants in L.A. Unified .pdf713.37 KB
Health and Welfare Benefits: Costs and Liabilities.pdf894.24 KB
The Effectiveness and Distribution of National Board Certified Teachers.pdf182.82 KB