Milpitas Unified School District is a rising district! The accompanying graph shows a six year comparison of the district's API score vs. the state of California. The Academic Performance Index (API) is one measurement of the quality of a school district and Milpitas Unified is showing consistent and sustained growth. This positive, upward trend is the result of the hard work of our students and staff in our schools and the support and care of parents and families at home.
This progress is all the more remarkable given the challenging financial picture for Milpitas Unified. Over the last four years we have endured the loss of 20% of our funding as compared to the 2006-07 school year. The Board of Trustees and district leadership, with the cooperation and support of our employees, have been proactive in conserving resources while protecting the academic program of our district. In spite of the state’s financial cuts to MUSD, our students are improving academically every year.
This growth in student achievement is the result of many factors. We have some of finest teachers in the profession who put their heart and soul into every day and every interaction with students. We have principals who make instructional leadership their priority and actively use data to improve their school. Our classified employees keep our schools clean, safe, organized, and well run. I have learned much about MUSD in my first three months on the job, and I am impressed with the focus on teaching and learning.
As we continue to raise the bar on student achievement we will focus on implementing another of our strategic goals - creating a 21st Century learning environment for our students and teachers. Over the next six months we will be creating a plan to upgrade the technology environment within our schools. We recognize that students need to be prepared for a world where learning and work will be achieved through online tools and resources. We are committed to providing creative and innovative learning experiences for our students.
In these difficult economic times we want you to know that our students are thriving and we are using the resources wisely to invest in the next generation. We appreciate the support of our parents, city government, and the entire Milpitas community!