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Feds will accept state waivers for provision of No Child Left Behind legislation

The U.S. Department of Education has made some big changes to a key component of the No Child Left Behind Act that was signed by President George W. Bush in 2001. Under the 10-year-old legislation, public schools are supposed to meet rising testing benchmarks in English and math, culminating with the mandate that 100 percent of students show proficiency in these subjects by 2014. Some critics have called this standard unattainable. The change announced this week by U.S.

IUSD posts an API score of 916, moves to the top of the list of state’s large school districts

This week, the state released its Academic Performance Index scores for 2010, and IUSD quietly earned the top spot among California’s larger school systems. For those not familiar with the API, the index was designed to show year-to-year improvement by annually assigning triple-digit scores to schools and districts. These figures, which range from 200 to 1,000, are based on standardized tests taken by students in the spring, as well as graduation rates at the high school level.

Irvine Unified School District students continue to earn high marks on state standards tests

The California Department of Education has released the latest results of its annual Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, and, once again, students in the Irvine Unified School District continue to post impressive stats in core subjects. “We are extremely pleased to see the percentages of students deemed proficient or advanced on the California Standards Tests continue to rise,” said IUSD Superintendent of Schools Gwen E. Gross.

Uni siblings achieve perfection on the SAT

Add Thomas Hsu to the growing list of IUSD students who have earned perfect scores on the SAT. Hsu, a junior at University High School, recently learned that he aced every multiple-choice question on the famed college entrance exam. But what makes this tale all the more extraordinary is that his older sister, Tiffany Hsu, also scored a flawless 2400 on the SAT when she took it three years earlier. The Orange County Register has the story here.

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