SDUSD holds ‘State of the District’ address

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego Unified School District held its “State of the District” address Tuesday night, giving parents a chance to hear about changes coming in the year ahead.

One of the biggest changes is the move toward nationwide common core standards. Superintendent Cindy Marten said it is a move in the right direction.

Parents spend big bucks on back to school“As we get ready for the new common core standards and we get ready for a new assessment system, we get to have a conversation about children,” said Marten. “We get to have our eyes on students. The bubble test is over.”

Officials said Proposition 30 funding is also having a positive impact in classrooms.

“After the shock-wave of hundreds of millions of dollars of cuts over the past five years,” said John Lee Evans, Board President. “We now have a plan to financially stabilize our district in the next three years.”

Still Evans admitted SDUSD has a lot of work ahead and he said additional funding would have to be spread out based on student achievement.

“While we have come a long way, we have a lot further to go,” said Evans. “We have students in schools that are seriously under-performing and this is an urgent matter to address.”

Educators said there is also a lot to be proud of. Marten said the District has the highest graduation rate in the state, among other achievements.

Meanwhile, SDUSD is also continuing to implement Vision 2020, a plan to bring “quality education to every neighborhood.” The plan calls for broadening measures of student achievement, creating a strong bond between communities and schools, making sure effective teachers are in every classroom, engaging parents in student success and providing more guidance from District leaders.