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MUHSD Shines In Latest Ca Dashboard Update

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The California Dashboard update for 2019 is out and the scores for Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) show that the district continues to be a leader in preparing students for life after high school. Both the College and Career Indicators (CCI) and graduation rates at all school sites have increased since last year while suspension rates have gone down as the district focuses on closing the opportunity gap.

The California Dashboard is an annual assessment of schools and school districts that measures progress in several categories to give parents and the community a visual representation of how they are doing. The system, which was implemented three years ago, goes beyond test scores to provide a more complete picture of how the needs of all students are being met.

MUHSD is among the highest performing districts in the state in regards to CCI, improving over last year from 54.1% to 63%. When taken into account that over 75% of MUHSD students are considered socioeconomically disadvantaged (SED), this speaks volumes about the work being done at MUHSD. The chart below compares the district’s CCI score to the scores of other districts with a similar SED. The state average is 44%.

CCI comparisons

Graduation rates also spiked across the board with almost all school sites hitting 95%. The district is especially proud of the improvement over last year for certain groups including Foster Youth (88.1%, up from 77.1%), African American students (91.8%, up from 83.7%), and students with disabilities (85.2%, up from 73.9%). The state average for graduation rate is 85.7%.

Another area MUHSD is gaining ground is the reduction of suspension rates. All sites have lowered their suspension rates this past year, contributing to the district’s overall score dropping to 3.4% and matching the state average. There has been a concerted effort to improve in this arena with training for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and intervention programs having been added to the 2019-20 LCAP.