Health is Part of School Success!
  • Petitioned California Department of Education

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California Department of Education

Health is Part of School Success!

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      Health Happens in Schools

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.

Karen Junker

Davidson Middle School 

6th Grade Math

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 17,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Leanore saltz BEVERLY HILLS,, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      These young people are the future of California. I taught Health Education in the LAUSD for 17 years. know how important it is to the students.

    • Ashley Uyeda LONG BEACH, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I think it is extremely important to factor in student health into the revised API. Students health impacts their academic performance and we can't expect our students to attend school, focus in the classroom, or excel academically if they aren't well physically, emotionally or mentally. By including student health and well-being we can better see how schools are educating and addressing the WHOLE Student.

    • Elly Morton UKIAH, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I work in the nutrition department for my school district. We NEED our schools to prioritize health!!

    • Lori Nascimento LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Healthy kids will stay in school and will learn and contribute more to strenghten their school.

    • Mark Paredes LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      We need healthy students so they can focus on learning.


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