Graduating to English proficiency

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.

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  1. wayne martin says:

    This school district’s schools post API scores of 800+-50. For the California API, 800 is considered as proficient. Only about 30 percent of the schools in California post an 800 or better score.

    The ELA (English Language Arts) score makes up a significant portion of the API. Of course, reading is the most important skill needed for educational proficiency.

    The Evergreen District’s per student expenditure is near the bottom of Santa Clara County’s other school districts. The variance between districts is not that great, with the exception of the highest spending districts.

  2. Frank Zavisca says:

    Only Government would spend money (someone else’s) on such untested products as computers for school.

    Computers in the classroom may be more of a distraction than an assett. Students LOVE to use laptops to cheat and play games and surf the Internet during class time.