For more than a decade, California has measured school achievement solely through standardized tests. I’ve been teaching in California high schools and middle schools for 15 years, and I know: our test-heavy system doesn’t work for students or teachers.
Now, after years of protest, California has agreed to change. Our state is completely overhauling the way it measures school success, and for the first time in history, California will incorporate measures besides test scores in the Academic Performance Index (API).
And here’s the best part: California’s education leaders are asking for the public’s help in deciding what should go into the new API. It’s a historic opportunity to redefine what we want from our schools.
I believe that great schools and healthy students go hand-in-hand. By helping children eat right, get plenty of exercise, and treat others with respect and courtesy, schools aren’t only helping students succeed academically, they’re also teaching healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
Please sign our petition asking the California Department of Education to include student health in the revised API. Tell them you believe that healthy students are more successful in school and in life, so health should be part of every school’s plan for success.
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