Test chats are on the way.
At Golden Valley High School, each of the school's 563 freshmen will meet with an adult mentor April 11 to discuss academics, their work ethic in regard to school work and the importance of performing well on state tests.
William Marroquin, assistant principal for assessment and accountability, said school leaders are passionate about the initiative, which is new at Golden Valley this year.
Marroquin said educators and school support personnel will meet with ninth-graders to discuss their plans. The chats are expected to last 15 to 20 minutes.
"In our world, four years is not a very long time," Marroquin said. "You can never start too early thinking about what you are going to do after high school. We want to get them early."
The California State Standards tests will be given April 24, April 26 and May 1. Marroquin said rigor, relevance and relationships are stressed as the school strives to improve student achievement.
Principal Constantino Aguilar said the test chats provide a platform for faculty and the community to add another level of motivation for students on the CSTs, plus it's another layer of accountability for students.
"Our schools play an enormous role with how our community is perceived," Aguilar said. "Our schools are a microcosm of our society."
Aguilar said Golden Valley is committed to building student relationships with faculty and the community while improving student achievement.
Reporter Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.