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ERIC Number: EJ975844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Raising the Bar
Wells, Bryan D.; Gambero, Lori; Allen, Michael; Juarez, Alejandro
Principal Leadership, v12 n6 p36-39 Feb 2012
The Fresno (California) Unified School District has one of the highest poverty levels in the nation. The district is made up of approximately 84% Hispanic students, and 70% of their parents speak only Spanish in the home. Many students have difficulty passing the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), which is required to receive a diploma. Students first take this test in 10th grade. If they do not pass, they have two chances in 11th grade and up to five chances in their final year. The purpose of the test is to ensure that students graduate with grade-level skills in reading, writing, and math. The teachers, administrators, and staff members at Roosevelt High School work hard to meet the students' needs, especially the needs of the 1,800 Hispanic students and the many English language learners (ELLs) whom they educate. They implemented several intervention programs in both English and math and worked with teachers to align instructional calendars and update lesson plans to include common standards for each grade. They reviewed interventions and collectively made decisions on what would work best for each classroom. This article discusses how teachers' professional practices ensure that English language learners in the California school pass the state test and graduate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California