That was one of the initial findings a mid-year review by the Imperial County Office of Education made and that was presented before the board during a special meeting Saturday.
The BESD board took no action on the findings but Yyonne Burns was prompted to say, “We have a lot of work to do.”
Elena Castro, education services assistant superintendent, and Juan Cruz, senior director of curriculum, appeared before the BESD and presented the findings of the survey on where the district is since August.
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Among the other of the ICOE’s initial findings included one that reported the “English learner” population has increased by 20 percent in the past three years.
But suspension rates have declined during the same time period, the survey noted.
Another finding was that 25 percent of the district students are at the beginning or early-intermediate level of proficiency as measured by the California English Language Development Test.
While there are a lot of strengths in the district, Castro said a look was also required on how to address its weaknesses.
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