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January 2019

As we enter this new year, with renewed motivation and enthusiasm, I would like to share some of the outstanding successes achieved by Bonita Unified.

In December, the California Department of Education and the State Board of Education released an updated version of the California School Dashboard, an online tool that provides parents and educators access to school and District data. The Dashboard is an excellent resource for parents, and now includes a user-friendly interface that is accessible on smart phones and tablets.

Also, I am delighted to announce that Bonita Unified is being recognized as one of 25 school districts in California and one of 373 districts across the U.S. and Canada to be named a College Board Advanced Placement District Honor Roll recipient. This tremendous honor demonstrates that we are fulfilling our purpose to prepare all students to live their purpose by providing the right tools to ensure they reach their goals.

The District’s achievements would not be possible without the dedicated support of our parents, business partners and local community organizations. I also want to extend my gratitude to our teachers, classified staff and administrators for enriching the educational experience for our students and making BUSD an incredible place for employees to work.

I look forward to entering this new year alongside so many dedicated professionals who make it their mission to support our students, and I cannot wait to see what new challenges and goals we will take on together.

Carl J. Coles

Bonita Unified Demonstrates Key Growth on California State Dashboard

Bonita Unified School District demonstrated significant success in multiple areas on the California School Dashboard, a tool that gives parents, students and educators access to important school and district data.

Released on Dec. 6, the updated Dashboard includes two new metrics for evaluating school and district performance: chronic absenteeism and college and career readiness. The Dashboard is fully accessible on smart phones and tablets and offers a user-friendly interface that makes complex data easy to understand.

Bonita Unified students continue to perform strongly on the state’s English language arts proficiency test, hitting 44 points above the state average and increasing by 7.3 points from 2017-18. On the state’s math test, students scored 10.3 points above state average and increased 5.2 points from 2017-18.

The Dashboard evaluates districts, schools and student performance on a variety of measures, including parent engagement, suspension rates and the progress of English language learners.

Five color-coded icons – blue, green, yellow, orange and red – represent a school’s success on each state measure by averaging performance and growth data. A blue icon indicates high performance that is steady and improving. Red indicates poor performance that is declining.

The District boasts effective college and career programs, earning a green icon with 60.5 percent of students prepared for higher education and the workforce – increasing by 8.2 percent from 2017-18. BUSD also shows strong graduation rates with a green icon and 94.7 percent of students graduating in the 2017-18 year.

The Dashboard displays statewide data based on how each school or district performed and how much they improved or declined over time. It replaces the state’s Academic Performance Index (API), which relied mainly on test scores, and retired in 2013 when the state shifted to the California Standards and adopted new standardized tests.

Bonita Unified School District Named a 2018 National AP District Honor Roll Recipient

Bonita Unified is being honored as a College Board Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll recipient, marking BUSD’s monumental achievement in promoting college readiness and success among traditionally underrepresented students.

The District is one of 373 school districts across the U.S. and Canada and one of 25 in California recognized as a national leader in expanding access to AP courses while improving AP exam performance with students earning scores of 3 or higher.

To earn placement on the annual AP District Honor Roll, districts must demonstrate a continuous increase in the number of students taking AP classes while simultaneously improving successful outcomes on AP exams. AP Honor Roll recipients must also commit to expanding access to AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

Increasing access to AP coursework while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher indicates that BUSD is preparing a larger array of its students for the rigor of AP and higher education.

Bonita Unified’s two comprehensive high schools offer more than 25 AP courses, with more than 240 students earning AP Scholar Awards in 2018.
Diane Koach, President    
Glenn Creiman, Vice President
Matthew Lyons, Member
Chuck Coyne, Member
Derek Bahmanou, Member
Carl J. Coles, Superintendent
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