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post Jan 13 2014, 07:32 AM
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I looked at each LAUSD competition's DDSIC page and counted how many schools were represented in the top 10 H/S/V rankings.

For example, here are the top 10 honors in LAUSD 2001:
Rank Student School Score
1 Dennis Kuo El Camino Real 8,595
2 Aria Haghighi El Camino Real 8,415
3 Dmitriy Kernasovskiy Garfield 8,155
4 Philip Tanedo North Hollywood 8,062
5 Daniel Lee University 7,742
6 Andy Toung S.O.C.E.S. 7,673
7 Edith Arnold San Pedro 7,652
8 Brian Bilford Reseda 7,647
9 Jennifer Lee Cleveland 7,465
10 Kathryn Kellogg Palisades Charter 7,419

I counted nine schools in that top 10. Now, including Scholastic and Varsity:

2001: 14 (ECR, Garfield, NoHo, University, SOCES, San Pedro, Reseda, Cleveland, Palisades, LA High, Van Nuys, Marshall, Belmont, Narbonne)

2002: 11 (NoHo, ECR, Reseda, Granada, SOCES, Palisades, Van Nuys, LA High, Marshall, Venice, Garfield)

2003: 11 (Marshall, Taft, Reseda, Pali, NoHo, Venice, LA High, ECR, Granada, Garfield, San Pedro)

2004: 11 (ECR, Lincoln, Taft, NoHo, San Pedro, Marshall, Venice, Reseda, Granada, Pali, LA High)

2005: 10 (Taft, ECR, Granada, Marshall, Pali, LA, NoHo, Lincoln, Reseda, Venice)

2006: 10 (Taft, Lincoln, LA, Marshall, Granada, NoHo, ECR, Garfield, Reseda, Pali)

2007: 9 (NoHo, ECR, Lincoln, Granada, Pali, Marshall, Garfield, Narbonne, Taft)

2008: 7 (ECR, Pali, NoHo, Marshall, Granada, Garfield, Taft)

(Data for 5th through 10th is unavailable for 2009-present; the below numbers are just based on conference results (LAUSD is split into seven conferences and we can see top individuals for each). They might be off.)

2009: 7 (ECR, Pali, Marshall, Crenshaw, NoHo, Granada, Garfield)

2010: 8 (Marshall, Granada, ECR, Garfield, San Pedro, San Fernando, Pali, Narbonne, Franklin)

2011: 9 (Granada, Taft, ECR, Marshall, Venice, Pali, Franklin, Canoga Park, Garfield)

2012: 6 (Granada, Marshall, ECR, Franklin, Taft, Pali)

2013: 5 (Marshall, Granada, ECR, Franklin, Bell)
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post Jan 15 2014, 03:18 AM
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They just keep getting smaller and smaller. That can't be healthy.
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post Jan 15 2014, 03:25 AM
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Number of different schools represented in the top 5:

2001: 8 (ECR, Garfield, NoHo, University, LA High, Van Nuys, Marshall, Narbonne)
2002: 6 (NoHo, ECR, Reseda, LA High, Marshall, Venice)
2003: 7 (Marshall, Taft, Reseda, Palisades, ECR, NoHo, Venice, LA High)
2004: 5 (ECR, Lincoln, Taft, NoHo, San Pedro)
2005: 7 (Taft, ECR, Granada, Marshall, NoHo, LA High, Lincoln)
2006: 6 (Taft, Lincoln, LA High, Garfield, NoHo, Granada)
2007: 7 (NoHo, ECR, Lincoln, Granada, Garfield, Narbonne, Taft)
2008: 5 (ECR, Palisades, NoHo, Marshall, Taft)
2009: 6 (ECR, Palisades, Marshall, Crenshaw, NoHo, Granada)
2010: 3 (Marshall, Granada, ECR)
2011: 5 (Granada, Taft, ECR, Franklin, Marshall)
2012: 5 (Granada, Marshall, ECR, Taft, Franklin)
2013: 4 (Marshall, Granada, ECR, Franklin)

I think Academic Decathlon just doesn't have as much support as it did in around 2001. I think I remember OCM talking about outstanding media exposure and awards banquets in 2000. If LAUSD's budget woes improve, then I bet these numbers would go way up again.


"Each year since 1985, California's spending on public education has declined from the national average. Today, California schools rank at the bottom of almost every national ranking in terms of spending and supports for children."
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post Feb 5 2014, 05:20 AM
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It might be a side effect of social changes. Not only have we rapidly become a "winner-take-all" society, but some of that shows in Acadec. The amount of effort required to unthrone a top school is superhuman. It may be causing a dampening of enthusiasm as the competition has become more focused on reading materials, instead of the old-fashioned "research it yourself" system from back in the day.

Also, I think with the budget cuts come niche marketing of schools. Schools are not offering Acadec, but perhaps focusing on Mock Trial, Science Olympiad or STEM coursework. Instead of having many opportunities, I know that at some schools they would rather have less offerings and better results in the few they have. Perhaps it is a focus issue. I know at my school that our growing Acadec program kind of drowned out/swallowed up the talent of Mock Trial. Kids used to try to do both...and their performance showed it.
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