College and Career Readiness
As Peter Senge says, “It’s not what the vision is, it’s what the vision does.” Our vision has helped us to refocus on the importance of college and career readiness in preparing our students to be successful in the 21st century. This means that in addition to teaching content standards, we also need to help our students to become life-long learners who are skilled at collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
Our vision clearly recognizes that we are responsible for preparing our students for a dramatically different future. Although our district has traditionally had very high test scores, which indicate a very strong core academic program, we look at a broader picture for preparing students for college, career and life. It is not enough for us to ensure that our students will be prepared for success in high school. In order to ensure that they are prepared for life after college, there are important skills they will need to acquire. Our college and career readiness program aims to expose students to the very best core programs by providing rigor and support as students develop their ability to read, write and demonstrate a high level of mathematical competence. At the same time, we strive to provide opportunities for our children to learn and apply important 21st century skills, as outlined in our Challenge 21 program.
We are proud of our focus on college and career readiness, particularly because our program is already closely aligned to the Common Core Standards recently approved by the California State Board of Education. In addition, the Obama administration's recently released a proposal for rewriting the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, which references the goal of getting all students college- and career-ready by the time they graduate from high school. The Eureka Union School District already has this program in place and our students are well on their way to a high level of preparedness for the future.