For the third year in a row, Ghidotti Early College High School in Grass Valley ranked first in a statewide assessment of student performance — a coup for Nevada County.
“Hello Ghidotti Families!” Principal Noah Levinson wrote in the school newsletter today. “We got some amazing news last week — for the third year in a row, Ghidotti ranked #1 statewide on the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress). That’s out of 2,017 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 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.
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.