Press Release - Achievement in Motion Recognizes Parkway Heights Middle School

Achievement in Motion Program Recognizes Parkway Heights Middle School

REDWOOD CITY, CA – January 6, 2016 – 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 Parkway Heights Middle School community in the South San Francisco Unified School District for its work to support English learners.

Historically, Parkway Heights has always had large numbers of students who are English language learners (ELLs). Those numbers peaked in 2011-12, when almost 45% of Parkway Heights students were classified as English learners. To better serve these students, site administrators and district officials put a significant amount of time and effort into reforming instructional approaches to supporting ELLs.

School officials worked with the district to make adjustments to their master schedule, providing time for teacher collaboration and longer blocks of instruction in English-language arts and mathematics. District leaders also trained school staff to use the data and assessment management system to better identify which practices were working and which needed to be improved. One of the most important aspects of this process was involving the entire school community by providing support so all parents could engage with their child's school and helping students cultivate better relationships with teachers.

The results at Parkway Heights Middle School have been positive: among San Mateo County middle schools, Parkway Heights had the smallest gap in achievement between English learners and the school-wide population. They also had the highest level of overall English learner achievement, a measure that took into account proficiency in mathematics, proficiency in English-language arts, and the EL Academic Performance Index (API).

In honor of the hard work Parkway Heights 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, Parkway Heights!

You can learn more about Parkway Heights and the Achievement in Motion program by visiting the San Mateo County Office of Education's website:

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