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Five Hayward schools on bottom 5% list

UPDATE: Two Hayward high schools were removed from the final list.

The California Department of Education released its list of “Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools” today, meaning those in the bottom 5 percentile, and Hayward was well represented.

Here are the lists, in two sections: Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Hayward Unified was the only district in Alameda County to have high schools on the list, and all three were on it — Hayward High, Mt. Eden High and Tennyson High.

Interim Superintendent Janis Duran said it was “very disheartening” to see them there, considering Mt. Eden and Tennyson have made significant gains in API scores over the past five years.

In order to receive federal funds to help turn listed schools around, districts must adopt one of four intervention models. They range from the very drastic — closing the school, or reopening it under a charter operator — to the not-so-drastic-but-still-significant, which involve changing the principal and either replacing at least 50 percent of the staff or increasing instructional time.

Duran said the latter has already been accomplished at high schools because of the switch from the block schedule system.

That move, approved by trustees last year, was done as a budget cutting measure to save the district $1 million. But it may prove handy, if feds agree that it could count as part of an intervention model.

Duran said they “are still getting clarity for interventions” and have not made any decisions regarding available options.

Longwood and Burbank elementary schools were also on the state’s list. Longwood has already been slated for restructuring because of unacceptable test scores, but Burbank has seen a turnaround. However, the method used in selecting schools for the list averaged scores over the past three years, putting Burbank on the list despite this year’s 25-point growth in API scores. Harder, which is the other school facing restructuring, had better scores than Burbank three years ago but they’ve since switched places.

“I would think that attention would be given to the fact that we have recently improved scores,” Duran said.

Here’s the state Web site with more information about the list and how the schools were identified.

Eric Kurhi

  • William McGee

    It is troubling to look at the status of Hayward schools. And then to know that we will be cutting teachers/staff, and increasing the class sizes to numbers that will not be beneficial to students. We need to think about what we are doing to the students, and then what we are asking them to do for us. We need to have a more innovative approach. We need to be more inclusive of the parents and community members in these conversations. A bottom up approach to figuring out what is going on with these schools, and at these schools is something that needs to be explored a TREMENDOUS amount more.

  • John Kyle

    There is a solution…about which I will soon reveal….

    Basic solution… stop complaining about the obvious probelm… instead think about what you might do as aid to pro-creation of things positive!

  • teachermama

    Woohoo!! All three HS deemed “persistently low-performing.” Stanford, Harvard, here we come!

    Sorry, a cheap shot that I couldn’t resist. We all know kids in our high schools that are doing well, are very bright, and are bound for UCs or better. The schools on the state’s list are probably all concentrated in high-poverty, high-ELL (English Language Learner) areas of the state and I doubt they reflect on the quality of teaching and learning going on. I still believe you can get a great K-12 education in Hayward. Why not?

  • John Kyle

    The news about all of our high schools being listed in the shameful category of ‘under performing’ to the exclusion of all other high schools in Alameda County is distressing.

    One of the factors not addressed is the apparent indifference to the affect upon Real Estate Values. If I were a parent, searching for a home, while unable to afford tuition at private schools, I’d get as far away from Hayward as possible,… if pocket book permitted that choice.

    If one wonders why we have so many rentals occupied by those receiving one of the 2,400 monthly checks supporting $2,500,000 under section 8 assistance; let me state that I do not blame their presence in such numbers as the cause of HUSD’ status in County API statistics.

    Nor do I blame teachers for that API problem. I do think HUSD Trustees lack understanding of the problem which is at the core of the poor test results and community image. Is it their fault? In my mind, only partly!!

    The problem? See if you are able to detect it in the contributions to this blog!

    “The Voice” continues to suffer agony over car allowances and gas mileage. To state belief that Trustees must be smarter and to that end, include teachers more! That idea just plain astonishes me!

    Glad to be so dense, that I fail to perceive that as a solution!

    “Teacher Mama” seems to lay blame, at least partly, on concentrated, high poverty areas. Think about that….The entire district is a concentrated area of poverty. It angers me that she puts my home in a location deserving of description as a ghetto!

    Frankly I blame ALL those folks, eligible to vote while living within the boundaries of the school district for their failure! Specifically their failure to recognize existence of collective, civic responsibility !

    I have laid out, in a letter dated March 3, 2010, addressed to the Board of Trustees and Interim Supt., J. Duran, my concept of what needs to happen and how best to conduct their actions in my concept of the pathway required to get the job done!

    Failing an open response from Trustees prior to the conclusion of tomorrow night’s meeting, I WILL POST THE THOSE THOUGHTS ON (this blog) THURSDAY NO LATER THAN 5:00 pm.

    Teacher mama might call one or two and alert them to that fact!

    Copy of my letter will be sent to ANG Newspapers…. Although there is no assurance the letter will be published or included in a factual story.

    Perhaps, what ever leadership exists in Chamber of Commerce and /or Churches might come forward.

    Let the cookies crumble!

  • Justwatching

    I look forward to your letter. I do hope that you filed your application to fill the temporary school board position vacated by Dr Sarah Gonzales.

  • John Kyle

    Just watching;

    I am too darn old and would fall asleep long before the final moments of a typical meeting.

  • John Kyle

    I HAD SOME VERY GOOD NEWS TODAY!

    Our former City Manager, Jesus Armas, has tossed his hat in the ring for the ‘interim position’ with aapirations of winning the four year seat in November election.

    A good break for students!

  • teachermama

    Didn’t mean to offend you, John Kyle, nor other Hayward residents. I live in Hayward, too, don’t forget, and love it for all its diversity (cultural, racial, economic, natural, etc.) Of course each neighborhood, each street, each block has its own charms and challenges, mostly known only to those who experience them every day. Hayward is far from a ghetto. It’s just that standardized test scores parallel zip codes more than academic achievement. The higher the income level in a certain zip, the higher the API. The scores do not reflect on the teaching and learning going on, nor on the skills of the teacher or the character of the students. So, it’s no surprise that the original 11 schools in Alameda County were all located in Oakland, Hayward and Sn. Lorenzo, not Piedmont, Albany and Dublin. We have bright, curious, inquisitive students and committed, talented teachers in EVERY school in Hayward. Too bad they don’t show up on the radar, that’s all.

  • John Kyle

    TEACHERMAMA

    IT WOULD BE WELL FOR BOTH OF US TO FIND COMMON GROUND IN THE EFFORT TO AID STUDENTS SUFFERING FROM ALL THE PAST MISTAKES OCCURRING WITHIN THE LAST 20 YEARS.

    MAY I SUGGEST THAT YOU READ AND REFLECT UPON MY CONTRIBUTIONS TO HAYWORD BLOG, APPEARINS AS ITEM 1 AND 2 PARTICULARLY? SEE THEM UNDER BLOG POST TITLE ‘HUSD BOARD APPLICANTS’

    MY GIG IS TO TURN AWAY FROM CONSTANT COMPLAINTS BY SPEAKERS AT PUBLIC COMMENTS. MAY I SUGGEST THAT THE WAY TO BEGIN IS TO THINK ABOUT ‘CHANGE’ WHICH MUST OCCUR WIYTHIN THE ‘SYSTEM’ AS THAT SYSTEM OCCURS WITHIN WHAT WE SEE OCCURING AT PUBLIC COMMENTS, AS WELL AS OTHER CONCERNS FOR VOLUNTEERISM WHICH SEEMS TO ME TO BE A DISDAINFUL SUBJECT FOR TRUSTEES AS WELL AS TEACHERS.

    OOER THE YEARS I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH MANY AD HOC GROUPS AND TASK FORCE GROUPS ESTABLISHED BY HUSD NONE OF THOSE HAVE BEEN SATISFYING IN THE SENSE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOMINATED BY ADMINISTRATION AS WELL AS TEACHERS. EACH PERSENTING CONFLICTING VIEW POINTS WHILE COLLECTIVELY ACHEIVING VERY LITTLE!

    THE PTOBLEM? OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS THAT THE ‘PUBLIC’ ( I.E. VOTERS AS WELL AS PARENTS) ARE SHUT OUT TO THE PINT THAT THEY ARE IN A STATE OF LETHARGY.

    THE PUBLIC MUST BE BROUGHT INTO THE PICTURE AND MUST BE HEARD AT PUBLICLY ESTABLISHED ‘AD HOC’ GROUPS OR ‘COMMISSIONS’ AS SEEN BEING UTILIZED BY CITY GOVERNMENTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE.

    THESE ARE HIGHLY USEFUL IN THEIR PROPERLY ORGANIZED TIME TESTED FUNCTIONS. EACH WITH A DIFFEREENT SPECIFIC PURPOSE, AND WHOSE MEMBERSHIP IS ESTABLISHED BY COUNCIL IN A FORUM CREATED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

    aPPLICANTS CAN BE TRUSTED TO SEEK SERVICE IN THAT GROUP WHICH TENDS TO MORE EFFECTIVELY UTILIZE THE MATCHING TALENT.

    THE DESIRED AFFECT UPON HUSD, ONCE ESTABLISHED, WOULD VIRTUALLY ELIMINATE THE CONSTANBT STREAM OF COMPLAINTS BEFORE THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES THUS WOULD THE SUCCES OF ADMINISTRATION OCCUR….. EVENTUALLy, EVEN IN hAYWARD.THE ESTEEM FOR tRUSTEES WOULD IMPROVE, TO THE BENEFIT OF ASLL EMPLOYED BY THE DISTRICT AND THOSE WHOM THEY TEACH.

    ABOVE ALL OTHER ADVANTAGES, THESE AD HOC GROUPS OR COMMISSIONS WOULD REMOVE OPEN ANIMOSITY SEEN OCCURRING AT PUBLIC MEETINGS,PARTICULARLY AS THAT OCCURS BETWEEN TEACHERS, EXCEUTIVE ADMINISTRATORS AND TRUSTEES.

    FRANKLY, YOU WOULD MAKE SENSE, IN YOUR SUBMISSIONS TO THE BLOG IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE FACT THAT YOU USE A NOM DE PLUME. YOU TEND TO DEFEAT YOURSELF!

    THE TOWN HALL MEETING OUGHT OCCUR SOON…. THE BASIC GROUPS I SUGGEST IN MY SCRIBBLE, ON THE SUBJECT OF A TOWN HALL MEETING ARE NECESSARY TO AID RELIEF OF BUDGET CONCERNS. ONE OF WHICH MIGHT RAISE THE SUBJECT OF A PARCEL TAX, WHICH FRANKLY MIGHT HAVE OCCURRED SOONER WERE IT NOT FOR THE BELLICOSE UTTERINGS OF A CERTIAN TEACHER AT HAYWARD hIGH.

    IF NOT AWARE, I HAVE PROVIDED A PRINT COPY OF WHAT I SAY IN ITEM # 2…. BUT THE EXHIBITS THAT I SENT WITH THE PRINTED COPY LETTER TO HEA MIGHT AID ENLIGHTENMENT…. IF YOU HAVE NOT ALRADY READ THEM
    THE ASK MS. FARAJ FOR AN EASY READ.