It has been said that the Val Verde Unified School District is “Beating the Odds.” That is, we are demolishing the stereotype that demographics predict student achievement. In fact, the District’s 2012 Growth Academic Performance Index (API) is 801. This exceeds the State’s goal. Moreover, Val Verde USD posted the largest API point gain of all 23 school districts in Riverside County with growth of 17 points!! I am proud of the eleven elementary schools that have exceeded the state benchmark of 800 on the state's Academic Performance Index (API) with the other school very close to the benchmark. In addition, our two comprehensive high schools and all middle schools are now above 750 on the API. I am also very proud of the five California Distinguished Schools and the twelve Title 1 Academic Achieving Schools. This statewide recognition is validation of our continuing commitment to quality education.
We are continuing to focus on improving student achievement across the grades with a target of closing the academic gaps that are present. An additional area of focus will be on improving student attendance and reducing the dropout rate.
The District has implemented State Board adopted Core Instructional Materials in Reading Language Arts, History, Science, and Mathematics that are aligned to the state content standards at both elementary and secondary levels. The District has implemented a strategy of Professional Learning Communities which is an interdependent group of people involved in collaboration that is centered on data and leads to continuous improvement in student achievement. As a result of our focus on curriculum and instruction, the students in Val Verde have made remarkable improvement in academic achievement.
The Education Services Division Strategic Plan guides our work. We have three major initiatives. They are Data Analysis Protocols, Articulated Instruction Model (AIM), and Response to Intervention (RtI2). For more information on these district wide initiatives please click here to view our Strategic Plan.
Phone: (951) 940-6100 x 10401
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Michael R. McCormick, Assistant Superintendent (right)
Pictured with Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education