Most central San Joaquin Valley schools are in the bottom half of schools statewide, according to the latest rankings released today by the California Department of Education.
Data shows Valley students continue to struggle academically compared to schools statewide and are doing poorly when matched up to schools with similar demographics. The rankings are based on Academic Performance Index scores released last year that were calculated using annual state exams.
About 76% of Fresno Unified School District schools ranked in the bottom half statewide. But, it’s an improvement over last year when about 81% of Fresno Unified schools fell in the bottom half.
Clovis Unified schools fared much better, with 97% of its schools ranking in the top half of schools statewide — up from 95% last year.
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In Visalia Unified School District, 54.8% of schools were in the bottom half statewide. Last year, 73% were in the bottom half.
Fresno Unified superintendent Michael Hanson said that even though nine schools in the district were ranked lower in the statewide comparison, 20 improved. Overall, it shows student achievement is inching upward, he said.
“We feel it’s great for our staff to see their hard work actually show up,” Hanson said.