Press Release - Achievement in Motion Program Recognizes Jefferson High School

Achievement in Motion Program Recognizes Jefferson High School

REDWOOD CITY, CA – September 17, 2015 – Achievement in Motion (AIM), a program of the San Mateo County Office of Education that shines a spotlight on local schools whose efforts are resulting in measurably improved educational outcomes for underserved student groups, is recognizing the Jefferson High School community in the Jefferson Union High School District for its work to support English language learners.

At Jefferson High School, 17 percent of the students were classified as English learners in 2013-14—a number almost five percentage points higher than the state average. These students require additional academic supports, and achievement scores and graduation rates are often lower for English learners than they are for native speakers. Eight years ago, Jefferson Union High School District personnel worked to develop intentional strategies to close this gap, and staff committed themselves to improving instruction and changing curriculum and assessment.

Jefferson High School put a significant number of resources into reforming their approach to English learners. They invested in effective teacher practices, ensured there was a clear progression of courses and curriculum in English language development (ELD) classes, integrated new technology, and incorporated ongoing computer assessments to place students in the correct lexile level. The Jefferson Union High School District also allocated funds for teachers to participate in professional development opportunities and collaborate with their peers.

The results at Jefferson High School has been positive: among San Mateo County high schools, Jefferson had the highest increase in the percentage of students who attained English language proficiency (AMAO 2) from 2012-13 to 2013-14. They also had the smallest gap in achievement between English learners and the school-wide population.

In honor of the hard work Jefferson students, teachers, staff, and administrators have done to support English learners, the San Mateo County Office of Education is proud to recognize them as an Achievement in Motion school. Congratulations, Jefferson High!

You can learn more about Jefferson and the Achievement in Motion program by visiting the San Mateo County Office of Education's website: http://bit.ly/1Ou8E3u

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For more information, contact:

Allie Jaarsma
Public Communications Specialist
Office of the Superintendent
ajaarsma@smcoe.org
650.802.5559