Bonita Unified School District was ranked number one out of 287 of the most populous school districts in the state for excellence in reading comprehension according to the California Reading Coalition (CRC) Reading Report Card.
Among California school districts with 100 or more socio-economically disadvantaged Latinx third-graders, Bonita topped the Reading Report Card with 64% of the subgroup meeting or exceeding California grade-level standards,
according to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) English language arts (ELA) from 2017-18 and 2018-19. The report card represents 72% of all California students tested.
“Bonita Unified is proud to be recognized for our exemplary reading program. It is a great honor for our District,” Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Matt Wien said.
BUSD’s No. 1 ranking is the capstone of a 15-year commitment by the District to boost reading comprehension across all grade levels. Through a collaborative process, Bonita Unified has developed a research-based reading program to ensure grade-level reading by fifth grade.
These programs include SIPPS, which bolsters phonetic skills for new and struggling students in grades K-2, and the Benchmark Advanced Reading Program, a core ELA program that covers all K-5 ELA and English language development standards.
“The District strives to provide our teachers with all the tools they will need to teach reading foundational skills and
remediate students who need extra support,” said Chris Ann Horsley, Bonita Unified’s Senior Director of Elementary
Curriculum. “I am confident that our system, along with our well-trained classroom teachers, intervention specialists and para-educators will continue to serve our students well into the future.”