Opinion: LAUSD students achieve

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The Los Alamitos Unified School District has a long-standing commitment to excellence and uses multiple measures to monitor and improve outcomes for students.

Our academic goals include all students completing the UC/CSU College Entrance Requirements, completing at least one Advanced Placement course, and scoring proficient or advanced on California Standards Tests.

Data indicates that over 90 percent of our students attend post-secondary education within one year of graduation. And, we also know that the skills and abilities desired by colleges and careers is over 90 percent the same. Student achievement matters for all students!

All of our comprehensive schools are California Distinguished Schools.

Los Alamitos High School was ranked in the top 1 percent of high schools in the United States by US News and World Report.

The District was placed on the College Board’s Honor Roll for the third year in a row due to the increase in Advanced Placement results.

In addition, we are number three in the State for closing the achievement gap. This is determined by comparing the results of Caucasians to the results of “students of color and students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program.”

In the LAUSD, we want all students to be proficient and are extremely proud of this distinction.

As a unified school district, some of our data is not quantifiable until students reach high school, and this data is equally impressive.

We have the highest college enrollment rate in Orange County. Passage rates on the California High School Exit Exam for first time administration to all 10th graders is 98 percent in math and 97 percent in English language arts.

Over 70 percent of our students completed the CSU/UC College Entrance Requirements, the highest level in District history. More students than ever before took an AP test, more AP tests were taken, more exams were passed, and the passage rate remained strong at 83 percent.

Our overall student proficiency data as measured by CSTs remained strong. We saw more examples of entire grade levels reaching 100 percent proficiency.

We now have eight areas at four different schools (Hopkinson, Lee, Oak, Weaver) that have achieved this amazing accomplishment. Three of our schools (Hopkinson, Rossmoor, Weaver) are in the top 10 in the County, with Weaver tied for the number one spot. As a District, approximately 84 percent of our students scored proficient or advanced on the English language arts assessment. We went up 2.4 percent in mathematics, with 80 percent of our students scoring proficient or advanced. In both science and social science, 79 percent of our students scored proficient or advanced.

As a result, our District API is now 922. We are number two in the county with this score, only three points away from being number one.

While we acknowledge the fact that this number is extremely high based on the state goal of 800 and comparing ourselves to other Districts, we know that we still have work to do. We are analyzing the results to see how we can improve, as we remain steadfast in our goal of 100 percent of our students scoring proficient or advanced on state assessments.

Our theme this year is Envision, Engage, Excel.

We have big goals for our students! We will engage staff, students, families, and community members to assist us doing the work that is necessary to Ignite Unlimited Possibilities for Students.

Lastly, we will continue to excel in academics, athletics, activities, and the arts.

All of our student achievement outcomes are the result of our student-focused, visionary Board of Education; excellent teachers, preschool through high school; and supportive staff, family, and community members.

Thank you for being part of our team! Los Alamitos USD is a great place to live, work, and go to school!

Sherry Kropp, Ed.D., is superintendent of the Los Alamitos Unified School District.

Opinion: LAUSD students achieve