How Will Common Core Help Golden Valley High Students Meet Their Academic Goals?

Mar. 7, 2014 / By

By Yultzin Angeles / South Kern Sol

California schools recently opted-in to new education standards, known as Common Core, that aim to fundamentally change the way K-12 students are instructed and tested. Common Core standards will place less emphasis on the traditional standardized testing teaching methods, and will center instruction on critical thinking, real-world applications and problem solving skills.

The new measures for assessing quality education across the state comes as the overall academic performance of Golden Valley High School, measured by the Academic Performance Index (API), remain stagnant and underperforming. According to a report from the California Department of Education, Golden Valley has not met the statewide API goal of 800 or above, in the past few years, though they’ve come close. The school’s API was 733 last year before dropping one point in the most recent academic year. Golden Valley also has a high-needs student population with 75% of the students labeled socio-economically disadvantaged and nearly 6 out of every 10 students English language learners.

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