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Success Stories - Year 2017

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

June

Atwater High School valedictorian graduates making history and overcoming adversity [http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/article153926889.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Merced Sun-Star—June 1, 2017

Fresno County’s champion is the best speller in America after winning National Spelling Bee [http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article153766644.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Fresno Bee—June 1, 2017

Torlakson visits Mexico to boost cooperation with educators [http://www.thereporter.com/general-news/20170615/torlakson-visits-mexico-to-boost-cooperation-with-educators] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Reporter—June 15, 2017

California’s schools chief Torlakson praises new state budget [http://www.sierrastar.com/news/local/education/article159051379.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Sierra Star—June 30, 2017

May

Math, science professionals say goodbye to the office park, hello to the classroom [https://edsource.org/2017/math-science-professionals-say-goodbye-to-the-office-park-hello-to-the-classroom/581369] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—May 30, 2017

California students go online in record numbers to take Common Core-aligned tests, with few glitches [https://edsource.org/2017/california-students-go-online-in-record-numbers-to-take-common-core-aligned-tests-with-few-glitches/582633] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—May 29, 2017

Fresno Unified school impresses state's top education leader [http://abc30.com/education/fresno-unified-school-impresses-states-top-education-leader/2001192/] External link opens in new window or tab.
KFSN-Fresno—May 16, 2017

With higher revenues, Brown to provide $2.8 billion more next year for K-12 schools [https://edsource.org/2017/with-higher-revenues-brown-to-provide-2-8-billion-more-next-year-for-k-12/581748] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Sacramento Bee—May 12, 2017

First Santa Ana grad to attend Harvard now first DACA student to receive Claremont Graduate doctorate [http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20170507/first-santa-ana-grad-to-attend-harvard-now-first-daca-student-to-receive-claremont-graduate-doctorate] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News—May 7, 2017

Oakland: Skyline High wins national debate championship [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/02/oakland-skyline-high-wins-national-debate-championship/] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—May 2, 2017

A cross-border partnership for binational students [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/border-baja-california/sd-me-binational-students-20170501-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The San Diego Union-Tribune—May 1, 2017

San Jose middle school wins National Science Bowl [http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/01/san-jose-middle-school-wins-national-science-bowl/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Mercury News—May 1, 2017

April

La Habra school project on water conservation inspired bill waiting state legislators’ approval [http://www.ocregister.com/2017/04/26/la-habra-school-project-on-water-conservation-inpired-bill-waiting-state-legislators-approval/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Orange County Register—April 26, 2017

Granada Hills Academic Decathlon champs bask in hero’s welcome on campus [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20170424/granada-hills-academic-decathlon-champs-bask-in-heros-welcome-on-campus] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News—April 24, 2017

State high school graduation rates rise for 7th straight year [http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/California-high-school-graduation-rates-rise-for-11066826.php] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Francisco Chronicle—April 11, 2017

North Hollywood High team wins national cybersecurity competition [http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-edu-north-hollywood-computers-champs-20170408-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—April 8, 2017

March

Some schools trading the blacktop for greentop as an innovative way to teach science [https://edsource.org/2017/some-schools-trading-the-blacktop-for-greentop-as-an-innovative-way-to-teach-science/579364] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—March 26, 2017

Digital app helps to boost vocabulary of English learners in Napa preschools [https://edsource.org/2017/digital-app-helps-to-boost-vocabulary-of-english-learners-in-napa-preschools/579274] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—March 23, 2017

Teacher collaboration leads to Common Core math success [https://edsource.org/2017/teacher-collaboration-leads-to-common-core-math-success/578431] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—March 16, 2017

California Launches New School Assessment Dashboard, Drops API Score [https://ww2.kqed.org/forum/2017/03/15/california-launches-new-school-assessment-dashboard-drops-api-score/] External link opens in new window or tab.
KQED News (89.3 FM Sacramento)—March 16, 2017

Watch how this Bellflower teacher reacts when she gets surprised with $25,000 [http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/03/03/69571/watch-how-this-bellflower-teacher-reacts-when-she/] External link opens in new window or tab.
89.3 KPPC—March 3, 2017

February

Alameda: Teacher surprised with national education award [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/28/alameda-teacher-surprised-with-national-education-award/] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—February 28, 2017

California students again rank 5th in latest AP exam scores [https://edsource.org/2017/california-students-again-rank-5th-in-latest-ap-exam-scores/577500] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—February 21, 2017

No one eats lunch alone: Is inclusion becoming the new cool at school? [http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/10/no-one-eats-lunch-alone-is-inclusion-becoming-the-new-cool-at-school/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Mercury News—February 10, 2017

‘They wonder how we do it’: Downey Unified — a school district in LA’s shadow with the same student demographics — is getting 96% of kids across the graduation stage [http://laschoolreport.com/they-wonder-how-we-do-it-downey-unified-a-school-district-in-las-shadow-with-the-same-student-demographics-is-getting-96-of-kids-across-the-graduation-stage/] External link opens in new window or tab.
LA School Report—February 6, 2017

Suisun Elementary teacher earns ‘Oscar’ for educators [http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/suisuncity/suisun-elementary-teacher-earns-oscar-for-educators/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Daily Republic—February 4, 2017

Los Banos Miano students build wall of kindness to combat bullying [http://www.modbee.com/news/article130195999.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Modesto Bee—February 1, 2017

East Bay high school football star fulfills mom’s dying wish with college scholarship (Video) [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/01/high-school-football-star-fulfills-moms-dying-wish-with-college-scholarship/] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—February 1, 2017

January

Students respond enthusiastically to new science standards in 'early adopter' districts [https://edsource.org/2017/students-respond-enthusiastically-to-new-science-standards-in-early-adopter-districts/575695] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—January 18, 2017

Oakland: State superintendent visits innovative science classes [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/01/13/4510864/] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—January 13, 2017

Innovative science instruction boosts academic performance among English learners [https://edsource.org/2017/report-innovative-science-instruction-boosts-academic-performance-among-english-learners/575475] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—January 17, 2017

San Jose students build, deliver ‘solar suitcases’ to Kenya [http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/12/san-jose-students-build-deliver-solar-suitcases-to-kenya/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Mercury News—January 13, 2017

California Partners with Canada to Unveil Electric School Bus [http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/California-Partners-With-Canada-To-Unveil-Electric-School-Bus-412352883.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
NBC Bay Area—January 31, 2017

Palo Alto: Gunn student makes room for education in Bay Area [http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/19/palo-alto-gunn-student-makes-room-for-education-in-bay-area/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Mercury News—January 19, 2017

First female, minority picked as Riverside County schools chief [http://www.pe.com/articles/white-822961-superintendent-county.html?utm_campaign=Breaking+News+Emails&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=40508833&_hsenc=p] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Press-Enterprise—January 11, 2017

Poway special ed teacher up for national award [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/sd-no-national-teacher-20170109-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The San Diego Union-Tribune—January 9, 2017

New social studies guidelines encourage students as young as 5 to do community service [http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article125196664.html#storylink=cpy] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Sacramento Bee—January 7, 2017

PVSD students outperform peers statewide [http://www.thecamarilloacorn.com/news/2017-01-06/Schools/PVSD_students_outperform_peers_statewide.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Camarillo Acorn—January 5, 2017

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