English-learning students in Merced County who successfully became English proficient generally ended up among the best performing students in the state, according to the Merced County Office of Education's annual education report unveiled Thursday.
"These students are showing they're doing much better," MCOE spokesman Nathan Quevedo said, adding that it was one of several notable outcomes officials noticed while combing over state data.
The annual report this year focused on educating the public about the county's early childhood education programs. The report provides an update on Merced County's school districts, including student achievement and demographics.
Here are some of the numbers.
Graduation rates for the county's districts with high schools for the 2015-16 school year are:
- Los Banos Unified: 95.5 percent
- Hilmar Unified: 95.4
- Delhi Unified: 95.1
- Dos Palos-Oro Loma Joint Unified: 94.2
- Gustine Unified: 93.8
- Merced Union: 91.1
- Le Grand Union: 90.2
- Merced County Average (includes special education programs): 89.1
The numbers are up from 2010, when the average graduation rate in Merced County was more than 78 percent, according to the report's analysis of the Department of Education data.
Here's the percentage of students in each district whom classify as English learners.
- El Nido Elementary: 67.7 percent
- Planada Elementary: 53
- Winton Elementary: 51.1
- Livingston Union Elementary: 49.8
- Le Grand Union Elementary: 43.4
- Delhi Unified: 43.3
- Merced River Union Elementary: 41.7
- Ballico-Cressey Elementary: 37
- Weaver Union: 35.5
- Gustine Unified: 34
- Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary: 32.9
- Atwater Elementary: 29.1
- Los Banos Unified: 28.9
- Dos Palos-Oro Loma Joint Unified: 26.7
- Merced City: 24.1
- Hilmar Unified: 23
- MCOE: 22
- Le Grand Union High: 20.7
- Plainsburg Union Elementary: 12.9
- McSwain Union Elementary: 11.1
- Merced Union High: 8.5
Here's the demographic makeup of Merced County students compared to California's students.
- Hispanic: 72 percent
- White: 17
- Asian: 6
- Black: 3
- Other: 3
- Hispanic: 54 percent
- White: 24
- Asian: 9
- Black: 6
- Other: 7
Officials shared the new report at its annual luncheon Thursday at Yosemite Church in Merced attended by more than 250 people, including county, school district and college officials along with government agencies and business communities.
Merced County Superintendent Steve Tietjen said the report shows the necessity for teamwork with the community to create a quality preschool program, according to the report.
The focus was on improving literacy as a child, Tietjen says in the report, which noted that 80 percent of a child's brain develops by the age of 3.
Tietjen also updated the public about several projects, such as ongoing renovations at Camp Green Meadows, an outdoor school that combines education with nature. He also announced progress with using land granted by a trust for almond farming to bring in about $500,000 more in scholarship funds each year.
The annual report can be viewed at: https://issuu.com/mercedcountyofficeofeducation/docs/2017-annual-report2