"In September, the state released the first batch of new assessment scores that revealed how well students are learning California’s English and math instructional standards," writes Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares. "The result? Orange County students had outpaced their state and regional counterparts, both on the English and math portions of the test." Click through to read the superintendent's latest column.
September isn't just back to school season, it's also Attendance Awareness Month, which is a good time to emphasize just how critically important it is for students to avoid unnecessary absences. Click through to read the latest column by Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County's superintendent of schools.
As part of a strategic effort to strengthen collaboration and engagement, "OCDE is in the process of enhancing and expanding its communications presence by leveraging the latest media platforms to deliver news and information that is accessible, relevant, compelling and credible," writes Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County superintendent of schools. Click through to read the superintendent's latest column.
A paid summer internship that has eight talented Santa Ana students working with JPL scientists and engineers is "precisely the type of experience that was envisioned when the state Department of Education awarded our own OC Pathways initiative a $15 million grant to expand career pathways for students from kindergarten through college," writes Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County superintendent of schools. Click through to read the superintendent’s latest column.
May is National Teacher Appreciation Month, and here in Orange County, we are incredibly fortunate to celebrate some of the most passionate, talented and committed teachers in the world, writes Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools. Click through to read the superintendent's latest column.
The state's new English and math assessments "challenge students to think critically, draw conclusions and cite evidence. As a result, we expect to have more detailed information than we’ve ever had before to indicate which skills and content areas have been mastered," writes Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools. Click through to read the superintendent's latest column.
Dual language immersion, which clusters English-speaking students and speakers of a foreign language, has gained traction in recent years based on its ability to achieve bilingualism while narrowing the achievement gap, writes Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools. Click through to read his latest column.
In education, we often talk about the factors that contribute to academic achievement. We talk about quality teaching, family support, high expectations and the role we all play in the success of our students. We dialogue about poverty, crime and how a lack of access to health care and basic services can stand as barriers to college and career readiness. Yet there’s another factor that research suggests is a major gauge of growth and development. In fact it’s a personal trait we know as grit. […]