A K-8 district on the east side of San Jose held a ceremony to honor students who achieved English proficiency.
The celebration in the Quimby Oak gymnasium had all the pomp of a graduation ceremony. There were tables of taquitos, empanadas, egg rolls and pigs in a blanket. There were Taiko drummers and Polynesian dancers, some as young as 5.
And, of course, there were the beaming parents.
More than 12 percent of English Learners in Evergreen School District were reclassified as proficient this year, reports the San Jose Mercury News. That’s considerably higher than the 8 percent statewide rate. It means most Evergreen students achieve proficiency in elementary school; except for recent immigrants, they’ll be proficient before they move on to high school.
Evergreen receives less state funding per student than other districts in the county, but does well anyhow. They know how to set priorities in Evergreen.