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Equity Educational Audit Report

At the August 23 meeting of the Board, staff presented a summary of findings and recommendations from the Equal Opportunity Audit from Education Trust-West which was conducted last Spring in PVUSD. The information presented will be used to guide the PVUSD collaborative blueprint process which will be conducted over the next 5 months. The blueprint process will develop a plan to improve systems, practice and policies in PVUSD which will support reaching our goal of all students being college and career ready. 


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En la reunión del 23 de agosto de la Junta, el personal presentó un resumen de los hallazgos y recomendaciones de la Auditoría de Igualdad de Oportunidades de Education Trust-West que se llevó a cabo la primavera pasada en PVUSD. La información presentada se usará para guiar el proceso de proyecto colaborativo de PVUSD que se llevará a cabo durante los próximos 5 meses. El proceso de diseño del plan desarrollará un plan para mejorar los sistemas, la práctica y las políticas en PVUSD, lo cual apoyará el logro de nuestro objetivo de que todos los estudiantes estén preparados para la universidad y la carrera.


(enlace es para el reporte en ingles solamente)




Dr. Michelle Rodriguez

June 2018

Summer is here!

We wish our Pajaro Valley Unified School District students and families a restful, rejuvenating break – you have earned it!  If you are attending summer school or engaging in one of our new intern opportunities, congratulations on enriching your summer experience through the learning opportunities during the summer.  

To our 2018 Graduates, PVUSD wishes you much success as you continue your journey into the next stage of your lives.  

Our PVUSD offices will continue the important work to support our students. During the 2017-18 school year, we implemented many new initiatives that have resulted to significant improvements in student achievement.  I encourage you to look at our Educational Equity Audit overview as well as our 2017-18 data which we will release in a few weeks.  Our staff has done a tremendous job and it shows in our improved student achievement. We will continue to lay the foundation to increase even more opportunities and achievement for all our students.  We will build on our current academic and enrichment programs, and on current initiatives at the elementary and secondary levels to ensure that our systems support student readiness for college and career.  The positive momentum will continue into the 2018-19 school year!

To our staff and families, thank you for your invaluable support of students through the year.  Each one of you makes a difference in our students’ experience.

We look forward to welcoming our returning students back in the fall.

Dr. Michelle Rodriguez


Mensaje de la Superintendente:

Le deseamos a nuestros estudiantes y familias del Distrito Escolar Unificado del Valle de Pajaro un descanso reparador y rejuvenecedor, ¡se lo han ganado! Si asiste a la escuela de verano o participa en una de nuestras nuevas oportunidades de interno, felicitaciones por enriquecer su experiencia de verano a través de las oportunidades de aprendizaje durante el verano.

Para nuestros graduados de 2018, PVUSD les desea mucho éxito a medida que continúan su viaje hacia la siguiente etapa de sus vidas.

Nuestras oficinas de PVUSD continuarán el trabajo importante para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes. Durante el año escolar 2017-18, implementamos muchas iniciativas nuevas que han resultado en mejoras significativas en el rendimiento estudiantil. Los animo a que consulten nuestra descripción general de la auditoría de equidad educativa (en ingles solamente) así como nuestros resultados del año 2017-18, que publicaremos en unas semanas. Nuestro personal ha hecho un trabajo tremendo y se nota en nuestro rendimiento estudiantil mejorado. Seguiremos fundando las bases para aumentar aún más oportunidades y logros para todos nuestros estudiantes. Desarrollaremos nuestros programas académicos y de enriquecimiento actuales, y las iniciativas actuales en los niveles de primaria y secundaria para garantizar que nuestros sistemas respalden la preparación de los estudiantes para la universidad y la carrera. ¡El impulso positivo continuará en el año escolar 2018-19!

Para nuestro personal y familias, gracias por su invaluable  apoyo a los estudiantes durante todo el año. Cada uno de ustedes hace una diferencia en la experiencia de nuestros estudiantes.

Esperamos darle la bienvenida a nuestros estudiantes que regresan en el otoño.


Dra. Michelle Rodriguez



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Eva Renteria, Executive Assistant



The Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) is unique in Santa Cruz County.  PVUSD is the largest district covering 150 square miles and teaching over 19,000 students. The district’s student population has over 45% English learners with a significant percentage of our students classified as migrants. The District is divided into three zones with the North Zone covering Aptos, the Central Zone covering from central Watsonville to Aptos, and the South Zone covering central Watsonville into north Monterey County. We deliver our educational program at our sixteen elementary schools, six middle schools, three high schools, five charter schools, seventeen children's centers, a continuation high school, an adult education school, and two alternative schools. 


Student achievement is the District’s highest priority.  Over the past few years, student achievement has increased steadily throughout the district as measured by test scores on the annual state tests.  Further evidence of progress is also shown in the steady increase in each school’s Academic Performance Index (API).  Three schools in the North Zone have also been recognized for awards with one receiving national honors and two identified as distinguished schools at the state level.


While doing well with growth oriented State standards, the District has not done as well on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal standards. The NCLB standards focus on English Language Arts and Math and require every student subgroup to meet specified performance levels.  The District has now developed a plan which aggressively addresses the improvement needed in Language Arts and math.  This includes the consistent delivery of standards based curriculum and effective use of data to measure progress and identify areas where interventions are needed. 


The District has identified an intervention team made up of top administrators, board members and a State consultant.  This team is working with seven selected schools to identify action plans and provide needed support to enable those schools to meet their performance targets.  Work is also being done with middle schools to increase the effectiveness of their instruction and to provide interventions to further support student progress.  The District also has an extensive extended day program with after school programs operating at every school.  These programs are articulated with the day programs to provide further support to students. 

Our nationally recognized New Teacher Project provides ongoing coaching and support to improve instruction for new teachers.  Extensive staff development is provided for teachers at all grade levels to enhance their skills and to enable them to better meet the needs of their students.  


PVUSD has excellent Adult Education, Migrant Education, Extended Learning, and Special Education programs.  Alternative education programs and charter schools exist in order to best serve our students.


Over the past 9 years, the District has brought to our community almost $180 million for over 40 construction projects.  These include new facilities as well as modernization projects which were funded by aggressively soliciting State and Federal funds.  PVUSD is one of the statewide leaders in obtaining funds to build and modernize our schools. 


The District staff and Board of Trustees work with parents and the community to mobilize all possible resources to ensure quality learning and safe and clean schools for our students.  We encourage you to visit your neighborhood schools.