BUHSD hears report on academic goals

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Mary Schoneman is acknowledged for her high PSAT scores and being a “Commended Student for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

BRAWLEY- Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian, along with BUHS and DVHS principals Simon Canales and Antonio Mungia, updated the board on the student achievement results on state standardized testing and improvement plan.

 

Danielian began by reciting their motto that, “Ok is no longer OK. Excellence will be the hallmark of our work.”

 

She laid out the three priorities that the district uses as benchmarks, high quality leadership, teaching learning, and connected and engaged students and finally, data driven collaboration.

 

Many goals the board set have been met, such as at least 90% graduation rates, last year 91% of the class graduated.

 

Another desired goal was a 10% increase in students taking the more academic rigorous A-G courses, these are courses required by the University of California system to be eligible for admission in their universities.

 

Danielian said, “We want everyone to take the college track at BUHS whether they plan to go to college or not.”

 

The superintendent also said she may be looking for community support to have every student taking the PSAT, and to use that as another measuring rod on student learning.

 

The high school surpassed state averages for testing and daily attendance rates increased while expulsions and suspensions decreased, all goals of the board.

 

Danielian ended her report with the nine characteristics a recent study found to be prevalent in the top performing high schools in the nation. Many of those characteristics are set as goals by the board and the superintendent considered that, along with the resent test results, to be signs they were on the right track.

 

Honored at the board meeting was student Mary Schoneman. Mary was a “Commended” student for the National Merit Scholarship Program. She scored in the top 5% of her PSAT out of 1.5 million students.