Irvine test scores ranked second in state

Superintendent credits IUSD’s ‘Continuous Improvement Efforts’

by TOMOYA SHIMURA

The Irvine Unified School District was ranked second highest in California for the percentage of students who met or exceeded standards in both English and math.

This is the third consecutive year Irvine Unified has finished second among public school districts of 25,000 or more students, according to the district.

“There are many reasons to be proud of our outstanding IUSD students,” Irvine Unified board President Sharon Wallin said. “These results highlight our special partnership between our dedicated and talented students, families, teachers and staff.”

Students in third through eighth grades and 11th grade took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress tests in the spring. These tests measure each student’s progress on state standards and also help teachers understand each student’s needs, district officials said.

In Irvine, 77 percent of the testtakers met or exceeded the standard in English (versus 50 percent for the state) and 74 percent in math (versus 39 percent for the state).

“IUSD is guided by its Continuous Improvement Efforts, which are designed to develop critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and other learning outcomes also found in state standards,” Superintendent Terry Walker said. “Building these essential capacities in our students has been an integral focus of IUSD’s educational mission and vision since its inception.”