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Northwood High School has that 'Distinguished' look – for the third time since 2005

For the third time in eight years, Northwood High has earned the state’s highest level of recognition for a public school.

Northwood was one of 218 middle and high schools announced as California Distinguished Schools on Thursday by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Each of the sites will be honored in May with a special plaque and flag, both signifying a prestigious designation that lasts four years.

IUSD campuses rank prominently in O.C. Register's 'best elementary schools' list

The Orange County Register has released its latest rundown of the county’s "best elementary schools" of 2013, with four IUSD campuses making the top 10. Overall, a dozen Irvine elementary sites earned honors with symbolic gold, silver or bronze medals. As we’ve said in previous posts, IUSD generally doesn’t emphasize school rankings, recognizing that each list is limited by its own criteria.

County educators express optimism about the new Common Core instructional standards

IUSD Superintendent Terry Walker was among a handful of local education leaders to take part in a three-hour county presentation on the new Common Core instructional standards Thursday. The public forum, held in Newport Beach and titled "Transformational Change in Education,” sought to demystify the new standards, which will place more of an emphasis on thinking critically and creatively, articulating positions, taking intellectual risks and collaborating effectively.

Districts try to keep pace as federal proficiency standards rocket to 100 percent by 2014

Long recognized as a model for academic excellence, the Irvine Unified School District continues to make gains on state assessments, posting an astonishing score of 924 on the most recent Academic Performance Index. Yet IUSD, along with nearly 80 percent of all school systems in Orange County, has recently been designated as a district in need of some improvement under a federal accountability system established by the No Child Left Behind Act.

All four of IUSD's comprehensive high schools earn honors in newspaper's latest ranking

We interrupt your regularly scheduled winter recess to share a little good news. Two weeks after releasing its middle school rankings, The Orange County Register offered its take on the O.C.'s best high schools, and all four of IUSD's comprehensive campuses earned recognition. Northwood High led the way locally at No.

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