AUSD students score higher than county, state in most areas

“We are pleased with our results,” said Sean McPhetridge, superintendent of Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). “Many of our students met or exceeded the standards in the areas tested. This is an excellent start for AUSD. Our baseline is higher than we expected, and we have good data about where we need to focus our efforts going forward.”

From State Releases Common Core Test Results, September 10, 2015.

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Cupertino Union students outperform county average

Cupertino Union School District scored higher than Santa Clara County’s average in the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress exams.

Santa Clara County averaged 57.3 percent of students above or at state standards in English and 53.3 percent at or above state standards in mathematics, comparing with 84 percent of students exceeding or meeting standards in both subjects in Cupertino Union.

From the article, Cupertino Union students outperform county average in new CAASPP exams, September 30, 2015

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Inquiry By Design partners with UC Irvine

UC Irvine Writing Project partners with Inquiry By Design to provide teacher training to improve academic performance of English learners 

Professional development institutes will focus on best practices for teaching close reading and writing skills

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Alameda Board of Education candidate speaks highly of Inquiry By Design

Our district is ahead of the game because of the implementation of Inquiry By Design several years ago. Training was provided to and embraced by our dedicated teachers and the proof is reflected in student results. Though there will likely be adjustments along the way, the days of standardized testing are behind us and I believe this is a very positive step towards 21st century learning.

From the article, The Alamedan questionnaire: Board of Education candidates. February 2, 2015.

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Alameda School District features Inquiry by Design

The district uses a program called Inquiry by Design to promote deeper reading, writing and discourse, with an eye toward building critical thinking skills. The program, which has been used for several years in grades six through 12 and is in its second year of piloting at grades four and five, has students performing the close reading, analysis and classroom collaboration that are expected under Common Core.

From the article, Alameda’s schools prepare for Common Core.  October 30, 2013

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