It’s a good year to be in education, especially if you’re affiliated in some way with the Fairfield-Suisun School District.
Our schools did not suffer deep cuts for another consecutive budget year, thanks to passage of Proposition 30 in November. No pink slips were given to teachers in the spring. No schools were shuttered during the summer.
Central Solano County’s two largest school districts, Fairfield-Suisun and Vacaville, have new leaders with Kris Corey at the helm in Fairfield-Suisun and Kenneth Jacopetti at the Vacaville School District. It was a good time for former Fairfield-Suisun superintendent Jacki Cottingim-Dias to call it a career, and for John Niederkorn to step back from his caretaker role in the Vacaville district.
Now there’s good news from the realm of test scores.
Corey had the honor this week to lay claim – on behalf of the Fairfield-Suisun school board, but most significantly, school site administrators and in particular the district’s teachers – to glowing results in the state’s annual Academic Performance Index test, which were released Thursday.
It’s not an overstatement to say Corey was giddy while discussing the district’s latest test results.
Fairfield-Suisun schools bucked a trend at both the county and state levels, improving scores in the state-required tests. Ten of the district’s 17 elementary schools hit the state’s 800-point target, with Nelda Mundy scoring 950 and Suisun Valley Elementary scoring 902. The new Public Safety Academy scored 940 in its first year. Green Valley Middle School and Rodriguez High each hit the 800-point target.
Six of the district’s elementary schools also scored a 10 on a 10-point scale when compared to similar schools across the state.
In another bit of good news, the Fairfield-Suisun district with its 789 overall API score moved ahead of the Vacaville School District for the first time.
The API tests were administered during the 2012-13 school year. They test children in English-language arts, math, science, and history/social sciences.
This week’s API results continue a trend that has seen the Fairfield-Suisun district make great strides in terms of test scores over the past five years. That’s something to savor.
We offer our congratulations to the district’s teachers and site administrators for a job well done. The same goes for district administration and the school board for laying a foundation for student success.
Now, let’s keep moving the bar higher as the state transitions to the new Common Core Standards and its related testing.