GGUSD’s 2018-2019 Annual Report to Community Highlights Academic Gains

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Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) this week published its 2018-2019 Annual Report to the community, which highlights the district’s many accolades for high academic achievements as well as its areas of continued focus.    

“Our Annual Report reflects our promise to the community to keep them fully informed about the district’s progress in meeting our strategic goals,” said Bob Harden, board of education president.  “Our Annual Report provides measurable data that highlights our success in equipping all students with the academic and personal skills for lifelong success.”    

In the area of academic success, the report highlights that GGUSD outperformed the county and state in the percentage of students who met and exceeded standards on the California SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) test. GGUSD received a positive ranking on the California School Dashboard, the state’s new online accountability reporting tool.   Additionally, GGUSD was the first and only school district in Orange County named a 2018 California Exemplary District for high academic achievement.

The report also includes key results of the district’s annual survey completed by students, staff, and parents. It shows high satisfaction with school pride, district communication, school culture, and facility improvements, detailing the district’s progress with providing air-conditioning to all schools by 2020, renovating buildings and athletic stadiums, making seismic safety upgrades, and improving classroom technology. 

“The district has so much to be proud of and we want our community to know that we have taken action in areas that matter like increasing mental health resources and improving school safety,” said Lan Nguyen, board of education vice president.

GGUSD has added 16 additional school psychologists, expanded its social work program, increased the number of counseling hours available to families, and grown its PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program to support the social-emotional needs of all students.

In the district’s third strategic goal of ensuring learners are prepared for lifelong success, the Annual Report highlights that the district beat the county and state in growth of high school seniors meeting rigorous a-g college entrance requirements as well as its exceptional results in Advanced Placement exam scores, in which the district average beats the U.S. and world average.

Click here to read the 2018-2019 Annual Report.