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Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Shows Improvement in State Standardized Tests

“Our students are showing great improvements on the Smarter Balanced tests, and we are using the results as a measure of how we can enhance our curriculum and programs to ensure that all of our students continue to be successful,” Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said.

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified students met or exceeded state proficiency standards up to 4 percentage points. Additionally, NLMUSD students matched or beat most L.A. County district subgroups in ELA, while third-grade students' math scores exceeded L.A. County districts in most subgroups, and were especially strong for African-American students and students with disabilities.

This year, NLMUSD will begin implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) to ensure that struggling students receive the personalized instruction they need to prevent them from falling behind their classmates. The MTSS, endorsed by the California Department of Education, consists of three tiers of education:

• First tier: generalized education for the entire student body with teachers providing research-based best practices and the latest technological tools.

• Second tier: intervention for students who are not responding well or are falling behind.

• Third tier: intensified support for students who are underachieving.

In August, NLMUSD launched the first phase of its 2020 Learning Initiative by making laptop computers and tablets available to second-, fourth-, sixth- and ninth-grade students. Programs will be made available to track individual student progress for teachers to pinpoint and address student needs.