After much hard work by educators and students throughout the county to improve standardized test scores, it appears the fruits of those labors will soon be realized.
It was announced recently that 29 Imperial County schools, ranging from elementary through high schools, will be awarded $1.16 million in state funds for improved test scores and rankings on the 2000 Academic Performance Index, the state's 1-year-old system of ranking schools' SAT 9 test scores. The scores of many Valley schools showed marked, if not drastic, gains over API scores seen in 1999.
As a result, the state in late April or early May will likely provide each of the schools with monetary awards, known as Governor's Performance Awards, to be used as each school site deems fit.
We think this is wonderful news. Tight budgets often lock campuses into buying the bare essentials such as textbooks and little else. With the funds provided by the performance awards, schools will have opportunities to buy better computers, better software, make much-needed improvements to classrooms, and, most important, purchase top-flight instructional materials — all of which go toward a more well-rounded educational experience for our children and our leaders of tomorrow.