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San José Unified Leadership Transition

The San José Unified School District (SJUSD) Board of Education recently selected a veteran San José Unified educator to lead the school district on an interim basis. During a special session Board meeting on Thurs., Sept. 24, the BOE unanimously approved for Ms. Nancy Albarrán, current assistant superintendent of instruction, to step into the superintendency through the end of the 2015-16 school year. 

Ms. Albarrán, a former teacher at Horace Mann Elementary, will serve as interim superintendent of schools due to the departure of current Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Matthews. The state of California appointed Dr. Matthews to lead a school district in Southern California. His last day with San José Unified is Friday, Oct. 16. Ms. Albarrán's appointment becomes effective that same day. 

San José Unified stakeholders are invited to visit the Leadership Transition section on regularly for continued updates on the Board of Education's search for a new permanent superintendent.
San José Unified shares progress made during 
2014-15 school year 

The San José Unified School District (SJUSD)
Board of Education (BOE) and stakeholders recently had the opportunity to learn more about the overall progress the school district made during the 2014-15 school year, as outlined in the school district's 2014-15 Annual Report. The report was officially released during the Board of Education's regularly scheduled meeting on Tues., Sept. 15. 

You can read the full 2014-15 Annual Report here.
New baseline for student performance 

The California Department of Education (CDE) released preliminary, baseline results of the state's new testing program, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Summative Assessments (S-BAC). This new assessment, aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), was administered this spring in English language arts and mathematics to students in grades 3-8 and 11. As part of the release of these first official scores, the report shows the results for 67,000 assessments completed by San José Unified School District (SJUSD) students.

Education group honors Pioneer High teacher

An education group recently announced that it has selected a San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) veteran teacher, known as a science rock star on her school campus, as the 2015 RAFT Teacher of the Year. RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) selected Pioneer High's Michelle Steever, a two decade San José Unified secondary science veteran. In presenting Ms. Steever with the Teacher of the Year honor, RAFT recognizes her commitment to hands-on classroom instruction and therefore her skills to engage and inspire students in the area of science education.
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