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  • Tuesday, August 22, 2006


    Orange Unified Schools DIGEST

    High School Exit Exams: O.C. above State;
    OUSD Below O.C.

    Results released by the state this week show Orange County school districts posted higher scores on the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) than the state average for the Math and English Language Arts basic skills test given in the last school year. Orange Unified School District had 2% lower passing Math Scores than the Orange County average and 1 percentage higher passing in the English scores than the county average. In addition, OUSD students in the federally mandated reportable subgroups continued to struggle despite millions of educational tax dollars spent by the OUSD Administration’s pet consultant training program, Focus on Results.

    District wide, 68% of OUSD students passed the Math portion of the CAHSSE and 70% of OUSD students passed the English Language portion compared to 69% countywide. Big problems in pass rates continue among the sub-group populations in OUSD (in the 10 following categories, OUSD students only outperformed the county average in the two areas signified by an asterisk*).
    OUSD Sub Group Scores
    Special Education: Math-Orange County 29% pass rate, in OUSD the rate was 20%. English- Orange County 31% pass rate, in OUSD the rate was 29%.

    English Learners: Math-Orange County 41% pass rate, in OUSD the rate was 34%. English- Orange County 34% pass rate, in OUSD the rate was 31%.

    Redesignated (now Fluent) English Learners: Math-Orange County 89% pass rate, in OUSD the rate was 86%. English- Orange County 93% pass rate, in OUSD the rate was 95%*.

    Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Math-Orange County 56% pass rate, in OUSD the rate was 52%. English- Orange County 52% pass rate, in OUSD the rate was 54%*.

    Not Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Math-Orange County 79% pass rate, in OUSD the rate was 76%. English- Orange County 82% pass rate, in OUSD the rate was 79%.

    The following are the percentage of OUSD students in each high school who passed the CASHEE:

    Canyon H.S.- Math- 86% English- 87%
    A high point in the Canyon scores was the Socially Economically Disadvantaged: Math 83% pass; English 84% pass. Special Education continues to be a problem with 33% passing in Math; and 37% passing in English.

    El Modena H.S.- Math- 70% English- 72%
    The English Learners subgroup continues to be a problem with 33% passing in Math; and 34% passing in English.

    Orange H.S- Math- 55% English- 58%
    A high point of the Orange scores was the Redesignated (now Fluent) English Learners 97% passed the English test. Special Education continues to be a problem with 10% passing in Math; and 22% passing in English.

    Richland Continuation H.S.- Math- 31% English- 36%
    Special Education continues to be a problem with 2% passing in Math; and 8% passing in English.

    Villa Park H.S.- Math- 81% English- 81%
    A high point of the Villa Park scores was the Redesignated (now Fluent) English Learners, 100% passed the English test. Special Education continues to be a problem with 26% passing in Math; and 23 % passing in English.

    To view school and district scores CLICK ON:

    AUGUST 24th OUSD School Board Meeting Agenda
    The Orange Unified School Board will meet August 24th in regular session. The agenda has one Action Item, Item 12 A (page 2-3) to Enter into a Multi-Year Financing of Energy Conservation Project.

    The Certificated Personnel Report (page 24-25) has 31 teachers, 1 psychologist, and 1 media specialists being hired. The 19 ending employment Separations (page 26) include Canyon High School Administrator Mr. Scott Soukup. The Leave of Absence list (page 25) includes extending the leave of absence granted to former Villa Park High School Principal Rod Hust (who took a job at another school district) for another year.

    Qualified Special Education teachers continue to be a problem to retain in Orange Unified. The on page 49-50 of the August 24th OUSD Board Agenda are Waivers granted to 20 Special Education Teachers who have not met all the state requirements to Provide Instruction to Limited English Proficient Students. The teachers receiving waivers will be at the following schools: Canyon Hills TMR- 2 teacher waivers; Canyon H.S.-3 teacher waivers; Cambridge- 1 teacher waiver; Crescent Intermediate-1 teacher waiver; Crescent Primary-1 teacher waiver; El Modena -2 teacher waivers; Fairhaven-1 teacher waiver; McPherson Magnet- 1 teacher waiver; Orange H.S. – 2 teacher waivers; Portola M.S.- 1 teacher waiver; Riverdale-1 teacher waiver; Taft- 2 teacher waivers; Villa Park H.S. 1- teacher waiver.

    Community Gifts to OUSD included: Villa Park Rotary Club- 2 Del Computers to Cerro Villa M.S.; El Modena Band Boosters- $2,000 to El Modena H.S. for transportation costs; Pacific Life Foundation $2,500 to Running Springs; Linda Vista PTA- $30,000 to Linda Vista for the computer lab; McPherson PTA- $21,384 to McPherson for rewiring two buildings. For a complete list of community donations see page 6 and 7 of the Agenda.

    CORRECTION: In the August 20th Orange Unified Schools DIGEST ONN incorrecly identified OUSD Trustee Melissa Smith as abstaining on the 1.5% "me too" increase to the CSEA Union. Smith voted for it. Trustee Steve Rocco abstained.


    “We’re a $220 million dollar business; we’re going to spend the money somewhere.”-OUSD Trustee Wes Poutsma 9/22/05

    Total for Watched Tax Dollars spent in 2006: $ 849,717.00:
    2006 Consultant Fee Tally:
    6/22/06 Douglas DeVore Speech $ 2,000
    6/08/06 Focus on Results $164,400
    3/09/06 Bob Sadler 3 Day Workshop $ 10,000
    Total $176,400
    2006 Attorney Fee Tally:
    7/20/06 Parker & Covert $100,000
    7/20/06 Parker & Covert $ 50,000
    7/20/06 Miller, Brown & Dannis $ 30,000
    6/22/06 Miller, Brown & Dannis $ 50,000
    6/22/06 Parker & Covert $175,000
    4/20/06 Parker & Covert: $ 50,000
    1/19/06 Parker & Covert: $200,000
    Total $655,000

    2006 Administrative Conference/Travel:
    2/9/06 Roney and 5 principals to Florida $ 10,623
    2/23/06 Roney and 2 principals Tx/ Fl $ 4,050
    3/09/06 2 to Florida Conference $ 3,644
    Total $ 18,317
    Total for Watched Tax Dollars spent in 2005: $ 978,300.000:
    Total 2005 Conference Administrator/Board Fees: $ 7,500.00
    2005 Attorney Fee Tally: $730,600.00
    Total Watched 2005 OUSD Consultant spending: $ 270,200.00
    The next Orange Unified School Board Meeting: AUGUST 24, 2006
    Closed Session will begin at 6:30 pm, Regular Session remains at 7:30 pm
    To view the Agenda CLICK ON
    (Note: the OUSD website has been experiencing problems from a recent upgrade and may be down for periods of time).

    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions Just call Jon at the Business Services at 714-628-4015

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