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Reno Schools Learn From Long Beach

Teams of teachers and administrators from Reno’s Washoe County School District recently visited several elementary schools in the Long Beach Unified School District. The Reno educators wanted to learn more about Long Beach’s significant academic gains in the elementary grades. One of the Reno teams visited Addams Elementary School this week. Earlier this fall, other teams visited Addams, Garfield, International and Stevenson elementary schools. As last year’s winner of the national Broad Prize for Urban Education for being the best urban school district in the nation, Long Beach schools gained attention from Reno, where some schools have yet to meet federal achievement goals. Reno is looking at Long Beach’s use of assessments to determine students’ needs. These assessments allow teachers to focus on areas where students need the most assistance.