Ghidotti High School ranks #1 statewide on student performance for second straight year

For the second year in a row, Ghidotti Early College High School in Grass Valley ranked first in a statewide assessment of student performance, Sierra Foothills Report has learned. The statewide results are here.

This is a coup for western Nevada County, competing against the likes of top-performing high schools in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley and Southern California. The achievement comes amid another recent prestigious statewide honor for our area: being named a Cultural District by the California Arts Council. (I wonder if it will dawn on the ERC and local real estate agents to begin promoting these achievements).

“We got some amazing news last week — once again, Ghidotti ranked #1 statewide on the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress),” Noah Levinson, principal of Ghidotti Early College High School, wrote in a newsletter on Tuesday to parents.

“That’s out of 2,001 high schools. The test reflects the skills necessary to be successful in college and/or a career. I firmly believe that our school’s achievement is due to Ghidotti’s commitment to teaching and learning these skills. Bravo to the students, parents, Ghidotti staff, and Sierra College faculty.”

The CAASPP System replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, which became inoperative on July 1, 2013.

More than 3.2 million students took part in CAASPP, which includes a number of different assessments, according to the California Department of Education. The most widely tested are the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in mathematics and English language arts/literacy, which are given in grades three through eight and grade 11.

California State Universities and many community colleges consider high marks on these tests among 11th-grade students a reliable sign of readiness for college-level work.

The Ghidotti Early College High School opened in August of 2006 allowing high school students to attend Sierra College courses (tuition-free) and graduate with not only a high school diploma, but transferrable college units and/or an associates degree. The Nevada Joint Union High School District partnered with Sierra College and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the initial funding to open the school. The school is located on the campus of Sierra College in Grass Valley.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

18 thoughts on “Ghidotti High School ranks #1 statewide on student performance for second straight year”

  1. The Union is a “day late and a dollar short” — as usual. Besides being late, it devoted more ink to the story “Congressman Tom McClintock to speak to GOP Women” than Ghidotti Early College High School being ranked #1 in the entire state for its performance on standardized test scores (two paragraphs). Podunk!

    1. They don’t “cherry pick.”
      http://ghidotti.njuhsd.com/documents/Application%202017/2017-2018STUDENTAPPLICATION.pdf
      “We especially encourage students to apply who would benefit most from free college in an academically supportive environment (such as students in low income families and students whose parents did not graduate from college).”

      “No one item in the application would exclude you from being accepted. Ghidotti is trying to gather as much information about you as possible so decisions are not based on just one factor. Therefore, you will not be disqualified based solely on test scores or grades.”

      “If there are more qualified applicants than spaces available, selection will be made through a lottery.”

    1. Judith, Judith, Judith,
      What are we going to do with you? lol.
      Ghidotti is home to the annual Nisenan Heritage Day! (Both are located on the Nevada County campus of Sierra College). Students are encouraged to attend each year. (Our son and his classmates have been). There is no course dedicated to Nisenan that I know of, but it is covered in the curriculum in classes at Ghidotti and Sierra College (students attend classes at Ghidotti and Sierra College). Our son learned about the Nisenan in middle school at Mt. St. Mary’s Academy, where students were asked to complete reports on Native Americans in California. Around here, I generally find the kids to be better educated than the parents and retirees. lol. I love speaking to the AP classes at NU, including Ms. Starr’s government class.

      1. Small towns are a hoot, with all the self-appointed know-it-all’s. Our self-appointed small town “academic” know-it-all is Gregory Goodknight.

        In the latest misconception, he writes with confidence: “Let’s be clear… all of those exemplary kids at Ghidotti would have been attending Nevada Union or Bear River.”
        No, Gregory. Other options exist for these smart kids too, such as Jesuit or St. Francis. And more kids are going to these schools from the foothills.

        Gregory doesn’t “get” Ghidotti admissions process either. ““If there are more qualified applicants than spaces available, selection will be made through a LOTTERY.” LOTTERY does not equal “CHERRY PICK.”

        Small towns are a hoot! All the characters.

  2. Of course, Goodknight is a genius relative to Don Bessee.
    “How about a side of grade inflation with that? While SAT scores are on a downward trajectory the students who are getting scores below their predecessors have significantly higher GPA’s. Snowflake enablers? ;-)= Posted by: Don Bessee”
    This fool has never identified his own educational background. Podunk!

    1. Gregory responds, that wasn’t on “anyone’s radar.” Ha! In a nutshell, that sums up the myopic views of old timers like Gregory and Don. Their idea of worldly is a weekend jaunt to Solvang. All politics are local. ROFLOL.

      1. If Greg Goodknight had earned his master’s in EE from MIT, Cal, Harvard or Cal Tech instead of Loyola Marymount, his opinion on higher education might carry more weight! lol.

  3. “Mr. Academic” is lashing out as usual, but no word on the EE major at Loyola Marymount, compared with MIT, Cal, Harvard and Cal Tech. Here are Loyola Marymount’s most popular majors. Sounds like a liberal arts college to me! roflol.

    Most Popular Majors
    Marketing
    Psychology
    Communications
    Finance
    English
    Political Science and Government
    Entrepreneurship
    Sociology
    Accounting
    Biology

      1. Greg Goodknight and his endless stream of B.S. is almost too much to bear. For an “independent software engineer at his place” who fancies himself as “thinking people under the table,” Mr. Science got a big, fat “F” when it came to understanding what basic science concepts such as “vapor lock” mean. And no, Greg, electrical engineering is not part of the liberal arts curriculum. https://opa.berkeley.edu/approved-degrees-university-california-berkeley-0 roflol. Small towns are a hoot!

  4. Of course, Greg looks like a genius compared to the other commenters on Rebane’s blog. But that doesn’t take much. “Bill Tozer” doesn’t seem to understand that Ghidotti is a public school. God knows where he was educated.

  5. Goodknight is a hoot! Whenever he is losing an argument, he resorts to the fat references or twists what was said (i.e.,” if it were not for Ghidotti, the “smart kids” would be going down the hill every day in a 2 to 3 hour round trip to one of the separate sexed Catholic high schools”). Or he’s flat out wrong: Ghidotti has not “scooped out the top students for special treatment.” As for his airplane accident, readers can make their own judgement. Here are the reports: https://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20060802X01075&ntsbno=LAX06LA251&akey=1
    http://airsafety.info/wp-content/uploads/GAS070215.pdf
    Be careful out there Mr. Science! ROFLOL.

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