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8/24/16

 

Hayward Unified School District Students Make Gains in State Assessment

State Test Scores Indicate Academic Improvements

 

August 23, 2016 (Hayward) - The California Department of Education (CDE) released today the results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The computer-based assessments, administered to students last spring, indicate their progress in learning new, more rigorous academic standards designed to prepare them for college and careers in the 21st century. These tests include a wider variety of questions than the multiple choice tests they replaced, requiring students to explain how they solve problems, think critically, and write analytically.

 

Celebrating Growth

 

With the 2014-15 school year being the baseline year, the second year of CAASPP testing allows for districts to measure growth. Hayward Unified School District is proud to announce that Hayward students meeting or exceeding standards rose from 32% in 2015 to 36% in 2016 in ELA. In Math, this percentage rose from 21% to 23%. This compares to 3% growth in ELA in Alameda County and 2% in Math. At the school level, 23 of the 30 Hayward schools saw growth in ELA, while 18 of the 30 Hayward schools saw growth in Math.

 

In addition to overall growth, English Learners and every statistically significant ethnic subgroup in Hayward demonstrated growth in both ELA and Math.  We are proud that in Hayward the difference between the lowest and highest achieving ethnic subgroups narrowed in both ELA and Math.  “Hayward is a wonderfully diverse community and we are committed to ensuring that all students are successful in our schools,” says Acting Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne.  “We still have much work to do, but we are encouraged by the positive achievement trend we are seeing.” 

 

HUSD also has more students achieving at higher levels. The 12 students who earned perfect scores in ELA and Math is up from 4 students in 2015. This follows a trend in Hayward of growth at all levels. The number of students exceeding standards in either ELA or Math is up from 789 in 2015 to 1,025 in 2016 (an increase of 30%), while the number of students exceeding standards in both ELA and Math is up from 401 in 2015 to 523 in 2016 (also an increase of 30%). “Our goal is to graduate all students with the problem solving and critical thinking skills they need for college and a 21st century career. We are excited about celebrating the many students in our district who demonstrated exceptional achievement, including the twelve students who earned perfect scores on both ELA and Math” says Board President Lisa Brunner for the Hayward Unified School District.

 

Ms. Gloria Prada, Hayward director of Assessment, Research, and Evaluation, is “grateful to Hayward teachers for the increasingly smooth implementation of the computerized testing, which has resulted in impressively high rates of participation.” Every school in Hayward, with the exception of its continuation high school, met the State mandated participation rate of 95%. This includes the three comprehensive high schools that did not meet this requirement in 2015.

 

Facing the Challenges Ahead

 

While HUSD demonstrated improvement during the 2015-16 school year, the District still has much work to do to ensure that all students master the state standards.  Currently, HUSD only has a third of students meeting or exceeding standards in ELA and a quarter of students meeting or exceeding standards in Math. While the District has shown improvement, measures of success on the CAASPP are still too low. Students across Alameda County met or exceeded standards at a rate 55% in ELA and 46% in Math. In addition, students across the State of California scored 49% in ELA and 37% in Math.

 

In order to accelerate student achievement, the District is focused on a few key initiatives to support teaching and learning. These include...

  • Professional development for staff on academically engaging units and lessons
  • A focus on math and how to teach it in culturally relevant ways
  • Support on how to integrate English Language Development into every lesson
  • An African-American Student Achievement Initiative that involves staff and community members
  • A community schools approach that connects families to resources to ensure students come to class ready to learn
  • Innovative college and career readiness programs such as our Middle College program in which middle school students take community college classes, a Latinas in STEM mentoring program, and the first Puente program at the middle school level in the state

 

“We have committed teachers, excellent school leaders, and a supportive parent community who wants the best for our Made in Hayward children,” stated Acting Superintendent Wayne. “For example, yesterday we had over 500 elementary teachers participate in professional development focused on math instruction.  We are ready to go for the 2016-17 school year and embrace the challenges ahead of us.”

 

HUSD Results for 2016 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments by Grade Level

 

ELA Standard Met or Exceeded (%)

            


  ELA

2014-2015

2015-2016

 Overall

32

36

Grade 3

25

28

Grade 4

28

30

Grade 5

30

35

Grade 6

31

38

Grade 7

34

35

Grade 8

35

40

Grade 11

48

47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math Standard Met or Exceeded (%)

 


MATH

2014-2015

2015-2016

Overall

21

23

Grade 3

24

28

Grade 4

19

21

Grade 5

15

17

Grade 6

21

23

Grade 7

25

23

Grade 8

22

27

Grade 11

18

21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CDE’s CAASPP Results websites contains the results broken down by grade, gender, ethnic groups, and demographics. Click here to read more and view charts which provide additional information on the district, county, state and individual schools.

 

About The Hayward Unified School District:  The Hayward Unified School District serves approximately 22,000 students ranging from Preschool to 12th grade at 33 schools in the city of Hayward, CA. For more information, please visit us online at www.husd.k12.ca.us.  

 

 

 

 

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8/21/16

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Cal State East Bay and Hayward Unified School District, partners in the Hayward Promise Neighborhood Initiative, have come together to launch the Farmers to Pioneers program — a pathway for first-generation Hayward High School students to begin college at Cal State East Bay.

 

According to organizers, the intention of Farmers to Pioneers is to help students and their parents develop the skills and motivation necessary for student success in higher education. The program promotes academic achievement in school course work, community leadership, family engagement and a “college-going culture.”

 

“Farmers to Pioneers is a natural extension of the work Cal State East Bay is doing with Hayward Promise Neighborhood, ensuring all students who want to go to college have the tools and resources needed to become successful in college, and transition to a rewarding career,” said Carolyn Nelson, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs for Cal State East Bay.

 

The name Farmers to Pioneers is a reference to the two schools' mascots — the Hayward High Farmers and the Cal State East Bay Pioneers. 

 

Through Farmers to Pioneers students will receive:

  • academic tutoring and study skills
  • mentoring
  • personal values and career assessments
  • job exploration and shadowing opportunities
  • college campus visits
  • financial aid information/application assistance and much more

A key component of Farmers to Pioneers is the inclusion of parents. Students receive weekly academic support and participate in various workshops once a month.

 

Simultaneously, their parents are enrolled in workshops designed to ensure they too are prepared to support their students in transitioning into college.

 

“By high school, parents are typically disengaged with their child’s academics,” said Hope Cranford, outreach and admissions coordinator for CSUEB’s Educational Opportunity Program. “High school is a crucial time for parents to be involved because their child is making academic, social and personal decisions that will impact the rest of their life.”

“Parent involvement is vital because it creates a strong foundation for parents to truly understand what is needed for their child to thrive in college,” added Janevette Cole, Hayward Promise Neighborhood community resident engagement specialist.

 

In its inaugural year, Farmers to Pioneers launched with 22 10th grade students from Hayward High School. The goal is to recruit 20 new first-generation, low-income and foster youth each academic year, who will participate in the program until high school graduation. Following graduation, each student will have the opportunity to automatically enroll in Cal State East Bay’s Educational Opportunity Program as a college freshman.

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8/21/16

One Million Fathers Asked to Lead

the Nation Back to School this Fall

 

600 Cities to Participate in the Largest, Organized

Back-to-School Effort in the United States

 

Media contact:  Sabrina Aranda

                          Cell (510) 999-4032   E-mail:  saranda@husd.us

 

WHAT: Million Father March provides an escort of safety, support, and encouragement to students of all ages on their first day of school

WHEN: Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 7:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

WHERE: Longwood Elementary School, 850 Longwood Ave, Hayward, CA 94541

 


 

 

 

HAYWARD, CALIF. –The Hayward Unified School District will participate in the annual Million Father March 2016 an event organized by the Black Star Project on the first day of school in nearly 600 cities across America.  The Million Father March has become a special day that fathers and men use to make a commitment to their children, their families, their communities and their country with their dynamic presence at a school.  This is the real Father’s Day! The Hayward Unified School District encourages fathers and men to participate in the Million Father March 2016 and take their children or a child to school on the first day- August 25.

 

The Million Father March 2016 will play out at thousands of schools across American. An estimate 1 million men, women and children participated nationwide in 525 cities in 2014. This year, an estimate 1,000,000 men from 600 cities are expected to participate. The Million Father March provides an escort of safety, support, and encouragement to children of all ages on their first day of school.

 

Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.  Additionally, children have fewer behavior problems when fathers listen to and talk with them regularly and are active in their lives.  A good father is part of a good parent team and is critical to creating a strong family structure.  Strong family structures produce children who are more academically proficient, socially developed, and self-assured.  Such children become adults who are valuable assets to their communities.  “Not only are our students excited, but fathers and males figures in their lives are excited as well. We issue this strong call to action for them to participate – on the first day and every day- in the educational lives of their students,” says trustee William McGee for the Hayward Unified School District.

 

Participants in the event include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers, mentors and family friends.   Although this event is created by Black men, people of any gender and ethnic identification are also encouraged to take their children to school on the first school day.  Businesses are asked to give fathers and men two hours off that morning, with pay, to take their children to school.  Participating men will also be encouraged to volunteer at schools throughout the year.  A special effort will be made to coordinate Latino Fathers in La Marcha De Un Millón De Padres.

                    

The 2016 Million Father March is sponsored in part by The Black Star Project and the Hayward Unified School District. Please email disrael@husd.k12.ca.us call 510-723-3857 ext. 34182 for more information about The March.  

 

Hayward Unified School District will support this event at all school sites, with a special event scheduled at Longwood Elementary School on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM.

 

 

 

 

 

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