Another View: Superior instruction and high expectations result in Eureka Union API excellence

By: Linda Rooney, EUSD Superintendent
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Students in the Eureka Union School District continue to demonstrate their exemplary achievement and ongoing progress on statewide assessments. The district is highly regarded for its outstanding, well-trained instructional staff, low class sizes, caring communities and safe schools in which children are learning at very high levels. The Eureka Union community remains extremely proud of these fine achievements as reflected by each school’s impressive results on the recently released Academic Performance Index (API), a 200-1000 point scale that is calculated using student scores on the STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) Program tests. Students in grades 2-8 are tested annually in specific content subject areas. This assessment includes all district students, including those with special needs.

Eureka students demonstrate their sustained outstanding achievement as compared to neighboring districts, which serves to document the tremendous success of our students as a result of our fine instructional programs and partnerships throughout the district. Once again, Eureka Union ranks first when compared to districts throughout Placer County with an impressive API of 918, an unprecedented districtwide score. The district is extremely proud that all seven in the district schools have achieved an API of 898 or higher. These schools include: Excelsior, Greenhills, Maidu, Oakhills and Ridgeview elementary schools and Cavitt and Olympus junior high schools.

The focus upon instructional excellence, student support, Challenge 21 and 21st century skill development directly impacts these impressive results. Through systematic implementation of annual goals guided by the Vision and Pathways set by the board of trustees, the professional staff follows a clear direction, centered upon student success using specific performance targets for all students. Students are individually identified to receive ongoing and targeted intervention services, or extra support, to ensure that they are making successful progress in the instructional program.

The Eureka Union School District’s embracing and support for the Professional Learning Community (PLC) Team concept allows and encourages teachers to strategically analyze individual student needs, develop goals for student progress, coordinate instruction and administer common student assessments. Teachers throughout the district meet each Monday afternoon in their PLC teams (grade levels and departments), as students are released early from classes. Teams work to create SMART (Strategic and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-Oriented, Timebound) goals to guide their teams. The board’s commitment to ensuring students have full access to high quality instructional materials, supplies and 21st century tools and equipment including impressive resources in technology, and the commitment of our professional staff to student success results in the continued outstanding successes of our students.

The commitment and dedication to the partnerships with the Eureka Schools Foundation and the Parent Teacher Clubs (PTCs) district wide provide direct support for the districts many exemplary programs, including access to library and technological resources, music, physical education, Spanish instruction and so much more. The low class sizes in the district contribute to the enhanced opportunities for our teachers to identify the needs and strengths of each and every student. Without this tremendous partnership of working hand-in-hand together on behalf of children, this sustained success would not be possible.

The Eureka Union School District community expressly thanks and recognizes the tremendous commitment and dedication of our families to quality schools for their children. Our continued successes evidenced by these very strong scores would not be possible without a working partnership, or a “family” that ensures ongoing achievement for all. Congratulations to all Eureka Union students on their continued success and demonstrated growth and achievement.

Linda Rooney is superintendent of the Eureka Union School District.