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PUSD receives high marks in California Dashboard update

See how individual schools scored in state indicator categories

The California Department of Education recently released updated performance ratings of the state's schools, and Pleasanton Unified School District overall saw high results in most categories, though the district's suspension rate still needs to be addressed, according to the report.

The California Dashboard is an accountability system that takes a holistic look at how schools and districts perform in six categories: suspensions, chronic absenteeism, graduation rate, college and career readiness, English learner progress, and academic proficiency in English language arts and mathematics, along with five local indicators, which are based on data available only at the local level.

The latest update, released Dec. 6, is based on 2017-18 data.

"The consistent excellence and gains in academic performance and engagement are a testament to the strong commitment and high achievement of our students, teachers, families and broader school communities," Superintendent David Haglund said in a statement.

PUSD met standards for all five local indicators, and scored in the blue -- the highest level out of five -- in the categories of graduation rate, college and career readiness and academic proficiency in ELA and math.

The dashboard uses a "color" scoring system, with blue as the highest rating, followed by green, yellow, orange and finally red.

The district scored at the second-highest, "green" level for chronic absenteeism and the second-lowest, "orange" level for suspension rates; English learner progress did not have a color rating this year, as that data will be based off a newly implemented test.

"As identified in PUSD's organizational goals, we remain committed to providing alternatives to suspension, restorative practices, the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and other related supports to reduce our suspension rates and best serve all students," Haglund added.

On the positive side, the district saw a 2.4% increase in the overall number of graduating students who are college and career ready, along with a 1.6% increase in PUSD's graduation rate, said district officials.

However, according to the state's dashboard, the district has room to grow in terms of suspension rates.

The suspension rates indicator had two components: the overall suspension rate (number of students divided by total enrollment) and how the rate compared to the previous year.

"While the number of suspensions is relatively low in the district, there was a 0.3% increase in the number of students who were suspended across PUSD during the 2017-18 school year," district officials said. "Nonetheless, the district saw a decrease in the number of African-American students and students with disabilities being suspended, moving these student groups from red to yellow on the state indicator."

The five local indicators included parent engagement, access to a broad course of study, local climate survey, implementation of academic standards, and basics: teachers, instructional materials, facilities. PUSD met standards for all of these, district officials said.

The California Dashboard also reported scores for the individual schools within the district, again with blue indicating the highest performance level, followed by green, yellow, orange and then red. It should be noted that graduation rate and college and career readiness were only measured at the high school level, and chronic absenteeism only for elementary and middle school students.

Alisal Elementary

Chronic Absenteeism - Blue

Suspension Rate - Blue

English Language Arts - Blue

Mathematics - Green

Amador Valley High

Suspension Rate - Orange

Graduation Rate - Blue

College/Career - Blue

English Language Arts - Green

Mathematics - Green

Donlon Elementary

Chronic Absenteeism - Green

Suspension Rate - Green

English Language Arts - Blue

Mathematics - Blue

Fairlands Elementary

Chronic Absenteeism - Yellow

Suspension Rate - Blue

English Language Arts - Blue

Mathematics - Blue

Foothill High

Suspension Rate - Green

Graduation Rate - Blue

College/Career - Blue

English Language Arts - Green

Mathematics - Blue

Harvest Park Middle

Chronic Absenteeism - Blue

Suspension Rate - Orange

English Language Arts - Green

Mathematics - Blue

Mohr Elementary

Chronic Absenteeism - Blue

Suspension Rate - Blue

English Language Arts - Blue

Mathematics - Blue

Lydiksen Elementary

Chronic Absenteeism - Orange

Suspension Rate - Blue

English Language Arts - Blue

Mathematics - Blue

Hearst Elementary

Chronic Absenteeism - Green

Suspension Rate - Green

English Language Arts - Blue

Mathematics - Blue

Pleasanton Middle

Chronic Absenteeism - Green

Suspension Rate - Orange

English Language Arts - Green

Mathematics - Green

Hart Middle

Chronic Absenteeism - Green

Suspension Rate - Orange

English Language Arts - Blue

Mathematics - Blue

Valley View Elementary

Chronic Absenteeism - Yellow

Suspension Rate - Blue

English Language Arts - Green

Mathematics - Green

Village High

Suspension Rate - Red

Graduation Rate - Green

College/Career - Red

Vintage Hills Elementary

Chronic Absenteeism - Blue

Suspension Rate - Orange

English Language Arts - Blue

Mathematics - Blue

Walnut Grove Elementary

Chronic Absenteeism - Blue

Suspension Rate - Yellow

English Language Arts - Blue

Mathematics - Blue

For more information on the results of the California Dashboard, visit their online website.

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