Travis school district tops in county...

Travis school district tops in county API scores

There are 19 comments on the The Reporter story from May 22, 2009, titled Travis school district tops in county API scores. In it, The Reporter reports that:

State schools chief Jack O'Connell on Thursday released the 2008 Base Academic Performance Index scores for local schools and set their target scores for this fall.

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Cedric

Oakland, CA

#1 May 22, 2009
"Travis school district tops in county API scores"

Are we surprised!

Part in parcel of that discipline that accompanies a military majority of participants (Travis Unified schools) in a local area. You'll see this 'given' Nation wide. Have for decades! Good job!
reader

Vacaville, CA

#2 May 22, 2009
Cedric wrote:
"Travis school district tops in county API scores"
Are we surprised!
Part in parcel of that discipline that accompanies a military majority of participants (Travis Unified schools) in a local area. You'll see this 'given' Nation wide. Have for decades! Good job!
Very good job. But I think most of the kudos goes to the parents and their well-disciplined kids.
WTH

Sacramento, CA

#3 May 22, 2009
I DO NOT agree that it's the parents discipline that gets these kids to do well in school. The Travis schools have better teachers and better curriculum. The parents just have to back it up, and ta-da they are doing better. Yes, good job parents, but I think they have an advantage with have the better schools.
Laura

United States

#4 May 22, 2009
WTH wrote:
I DO NOT agree that it's the parents discipline that gets these kids to do well in school. The Travis schools have better teachers and better curriculum. The parents just have to back it up, and ta-da they are doing better. Yes, good job parents, but I think they have an advantage with have the better schools.
The teachers at TUSD are definitely NOT any better than other Solano County teachers, PAAALLEASSSEEEE, the culture of the military families is the essence to the better performing students.
WTH

Sacramento, CA

#5 May 22, 2009
Laura wrote:
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The teachers at TUSD are definitely NOT any better than other Solano County teachers, PAAALLEASSSEEEE, the culture of the military families is the essence to the better performing students.
I know plenty of people on both sides, and the better curriculum, and we'll say, as good of and better teachers in TUSD, have a huge advantage over VUSD.
Shirly

Fairfield, CA

#6 May 22, 2009
The highest performing elementary school in Travis Unified is composed of 55% military-affiliated students. Credit is also due to the 45% who are not military-affiliated. Congratulations students, parents, and staff!

“Fight the Enigma!”

Since: Nov 08

Danville, CA

#7 May 22, 2009
Jack O'Connell happy? If he was CEO of GM, he would be picking his nose with Rick Waggoner right now! Give O'Connell a few more Billion and he might raise the API's a couple of percent higher! Gee! At this rate, he'll be turning out 100% Einstein's by 2100!

LMAO!
Mike

San Francisco, CA

#8 May 22, 2009
I certainly hope that the TUSD Administration and School Board takes another look at the teachers that they will be letting go in August.
Sparky

Santa Rosa, CA

#9 May 22, 2009
This is a no brainer! 60% of the student body are not hooded ghetto corner thugs, like the neighboring district. That alone will give you a much higher average test score.
kevin

Fairfield, CA

#10 May 22, 2009
Exactly why I bought a house in TUSD. Yes the military kids are more disciplined and I believe that rubs off on the rest of the student population.
Also in the equation is that a good percent of the teachers have military background or were brought up in a militarey family. Great job to students, teachers and parents
Rich Giddens

United States

#11 May 22, 2009
I curse and cuss Government all day long. That said, my family and I are very happy with Travis Unified School District and their stellar dedicated hard working professionals!

The School district is very well managed and focused on it's mission---preparing our kids for tomorrow's opportunities and challanges.

I love the things they have been doing! I can check my kids grades online and I have all the teachers and staff's email addresses and yes they respond immediately to any inquiry or request. The principal of Golden West Middle School calls our home usually once a week to give us updates and reminders and it's greatly appreciated! Once my youngest was having a little bit of trouble understanding complex ratio/proportion problems in Algebra 1. I emailed his teacher, Mr. Deter who immediately responded, made an after class appointment for a little extra instruction. Result? My childs algrebra grade is now at 98.25% and he's so interested in math now that I'm scared he's going to become a mathematician!

TRAVIS UNIFIED.....YOU ROCK!!!!

TRAVIS UNIFIED PROFESSIONALS!!! Keep up what you're doing! Please continue to raise standards and enforce them!
Shirly

Fairfield, CA

#12 May 22, 2009
Nobody wants to let go of teachers. It's the economy that is the issue. Employees of school systems are government employees and rely on state funding. Not enough state funding? Not enough jobs.
The sad thing is

Carmel Valley, CA

#13 May 22, 2009
We all know TUSD is doing great....but will anyone take the time to really find out why?.... and implement this to all the other schools that are underachieving. Is it the attitude of the kids not in the TUSD area? Is it the parents who just don't care? Or are the teacher just that much better? If I'm the principle of an underachieving school ....I get on the phone and make an appointment with TUSD and find out why. But will this happen.....NO!!!! WHY? If someone can please post the names of the principle's of all the underachieving schools and phone numbers so we can all call them and see if they have tried this.
Mike

San Francisco, CA

#14 May 22, 2009
In the interest of political correctness, the county will probably start busing kids in from Brown Street in Vacaville and the neighborhoods around East Tabor in Fairfield.

Busing is the fastest way to change a hard charging school district into a mediocre one.

After all, can't have one group of students out shining another group. That would be elitism.

“Fight the Enigma!”

Since: Nov 08

Fairfield, CA

#15 May 22, 2009
I went to DOD schools and Public Schools located around Military installations, including a sentence at Parochial School (LOL). Envrionment is everything. Will C Wood is a zoo of misfits and that is from the students!
Rich Giddens

United States

#16 May 22, 2009
For one thing, in Travis unified, if a student is misbehaving and the parents are military, the principal only needs to call the parent's unit commander and demand results. What do you think happens and very quickly?

It's called "accountability"!

Another thing Travis Unified doing is building these kids understanding/appreciation of good character and citizenship responsibilities---This has an amazing civilizing effect on the student body! Like a military academy, anybody who bucks the "cooperate/graduate" system will quickly and effectively be dealt with.

“Fight the Enigma!”

Since: Nov 08

Danville, CA

#17 May 26, 2009
Rich Giddens wrote:
For one thing, in Travis unified, if a student is misbehaving and the parents are military, the principal only needs to call the parent's unit commander and demand results. What do you think happens and very quickly?
It's called "accountability"!
Another thing Travis Unified doing is building these kids understanding/appreciation of good character and citizenship responsibilities---This has an amazing civilizing effect on the student body! Like a military academy, anybody who bucks the "cooperate/graduate" system will quickly and effectively be dealt with.
I'll second that! Most public schools seem to have the motto, "Graduation through Inebriation!" Works pretty good in College, but not in High School. ;-)

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#18 May 26, 2009
Rich Giddens wrote:
For one thing, in Travis unified, if a student is misbehaving and the parents are military, the principal only needs to call the parent's unit commander and demand results. What do you think happens and very quickly?
It's called "accountability"!
Another thing Travis Unified doing is building these kids understanding/appreciation of good character and citizenship responsibilities---This has an amazing civilizing effect on the student body! Like a military academy, anybody who bucks the "cooperate/graduate" system will quickly and effectively be dealt with.
Bovine dust!

The Base Commander is not, never has been and will not ever be consulted when a military brat misbehaves. The calls are strictly made to the parents or guardians of the kid.

The Base Commander has more important issues to consern him/her self with than the disclipline of kids.
Laura

United States

#19 May 26, 2009
Fred in Vacaville wrote:
<quoted text>
Bovine dust!
The Base Commander is not, never has been and will not ever be consulted when a military brat misbehaves. The calls are strictly made to the parents or guardians of the kid.
The Base Commander has more important issues to consern him/her self with than the disclipline of kids.
Unit commander and base commander are very different titles.

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