State Board Members Impressed by Visit

California State Board of Education President Ruth Green and fellow board member Johnathan Williams visited the Long Beach Unified School District recently to learn about the district’s high school reform efforts and academic interventions. All of LBUSD’s large, comprehensive high schools--Cabrillo, Jordan, Lakewood, Millikan, Polytechnic and Wilson--recently met and exceeded their state Academic Performance Index targets and their national No Child Left Behind targets for yearly progress. The two board members visited Poly High School and later met with school district leaders. The visitors focused on interventions for students with learning disabilities, English language learners and students at risk of not passing the California High School Exit Exam. "The thing that most impressed me was the diversity of programs for improving student achievement, not only during the school day but also after school," said Williams, a Lakewood High School and Poly PACE alumnus. Williams taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District and is founder and director of The Accelerated School in Los Angeles, which was named Elementary School of the Year by Time magazine.