Some very welcome news has come to Madera Unified trustees from both of the district’s high schools. The periodic academic checkup on student progress at both Madera High and Madera South High shows so much growth this year that Associate Superintendent for Educational Services Deborah Wood could hardly maintain her normally stoic public demeanor when making the announcement.
With obvious excitement, Wood assured the board at its regular meeting Tuesday evening that it was going to be pleased with the report. She then turned to Kent Albertson, principal of Madera High, and Sandon Schwartz, principal of Madera South High to present the data.
Both administrators, their minds working in tandem, laid out for the board the results of the district’s progress assessment in English/Language Arts and Math, which was given at the beginning of the school year and again a few months later. It will be given a third time in March for a final, internal checkup.
In both schools the percentage of students who are performing at the “below basic” levels decreased significantly while the percentage scoring at the “proficient” levels increased dramatically...