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Success Stories - Year 2016

Stories about extraordinary students, teachers, and schools, as well as teachers' best practices to help their students achieve California's world-class standards.

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July

EDUCATION: Children say middle, high schools are getting safer [http://www.pe.com/articles/students-809072-school-kids.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Press-Enterprise—July 26, 2016

How to live blind and bold — a Braille teacher's lesson plan for life [http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-braille-teacher-keith-christian-20160624-snap-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—July 17, 2016

Legendary East Los Angeles educator Jaime Escalante honored with his own commemorative stamp [http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-jaime-escalante-stamp-20160716-snap-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—July 16, 2016

June

Union City teen turns struggles into scholarship with his math app [http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_30004467/from-struggles-scholarship-all-an-app] External link opens in new window or tab.
The (San Jose) Mercury News—June 11, 2016

Mentors shepherd Bay Area students toward their goals [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/news/ci_29978376/mentors-shepherd-students-toward-their-goals] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—June 5, 2016

May

More California teens stuck it out, got diplomas in 2015 [http://www.modbee.com/news/local/education/article79210837.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Modesto Bee—May 22, 2016

Turlock Unified pioneers university class at continuation high [http://www.modbee.com/news/local/turlock/article78535167.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Modesto Bee—May 18, 2016

California's four-year graduation rates on the way up, again [http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29904339/californias-graduation-rate-reaches-record-high] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News—May 18, 2016

School named after influential Japanese-American [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/may/09/school-named-after-influential-japanese-american/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The San Diego Union-Tribune—May 9, 2016

Disabled woman celebrates family’s help in graduating high school [http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article76469402.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Sacramento Bee—May 8, 2016

April

Coding: 16-year-old Fremont student writes AP test-prep book, creates online course [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/my-town/ci_29834313/coding-16-year-old-writes-ap-test-prep] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—April 30, 2016

Granada Hills Charter High School wins national Academic Decathlon — again [http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-granada-hills-charter-high-school-wins-national-academic-decathlon-again-20160430-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Los Angeles Times—April 30, 2016

In San Jose, an older sister guides brother to college after their parents were deported to Mexico [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/education/ci_29837093/san-jose-an-older-sister-guides-brother-college] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—April 30, 2016

Dual enrollment: High school meets college [http://www.uniondemocrat.com/localnews/4238210-151/dual-enrollment-high-school-meets-college#] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Union Democrat—April 22, 2016

Brentwood: Quest to learn English spurred educator to future success [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/brentwood/ci_29786641/brentwood-quest-learn-english-spurred-educator-future-success] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—April 19, 2016

5 reasons Granada Hills Charter is vying for its 5th national Academic Decathlon title [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20160418/5-reasons-granada-hills-charter-is-vying-for-its-5th-national-academic-decathlon-title] External link opens in new window or tab.
LA Daily News—April 18, 2016

Transgender teenage ballplayer at Santa Monica prep school spreads message of hope and acceptance [http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-transgender-baseball-plaschke-20160410-column.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—April 10, 2016

March

Poway, Calif., Grows New Assessment System on Reform Roots [http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/on_california/2016/03/poway_grows_new_assessment_system_on_reform_roots.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Education Week—March 23, 2016

State’s education chief lauds Yosemite High for ‘green’ efforts [http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/local/education/article67653052.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Merced Sun-Star—March 22, 2016

Thousands of California early ed programs receive first quality ratings [http://edsource.org/2016/thousands-of-california-early-ed-programs-receive-first-quality-ratings/95501] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—March 6, 2016

Arroyo Valley High earns national award for AP exam success [http://www.sbsun.com/social-affairs/20160302/arroyo-valley-high-earns-national-award-for-ap-exam-success] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Bernardino Sun—March 2, 2016

February

Pleasant Grove High School student wins state poetry-reading title [http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article63230052.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Sacramento Bee—February 29, 2016

Facebook introduces Bay Area black students to tech careers [http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_29567741/facebook-introduces-bay-area-black-students-tech-careers] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times—February 27, 2016

CORONA: Student draws her way to perfect score on AP art exam [http://www.pe.com/articles/art-794481-college-maggi.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise—February 16, 2016

How two San Fernando Valley schools have kept learning after an epic gas leak [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20160205/how-two-san-fernando-valley-schools-have-kept-learning-after-an-epic-gas-leak] External link opens in new window or tab.
LA Daily News—February 5, 2016

How a Lincoln High teacher gets all his students to pass the AP Calculus exam [http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-0103-lopez-yom-teacher-20160201-column.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—February 3, 2016

The Long Beach Miracle: How the working-class California city saved its schools [http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/02/the-long-beach-miracle/459315/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Atlantic—February 2, 2016

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