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School officials shave their heads in recognition of students' test performance
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012 16:01 PM

This past August, California residents had reason to celebrate, as their state's Department of Education announced that students managed to improve their California STAR Testing results for the ninth straight year.

The students at the Sunnyside Union Elementary School were among those who helped make 2012 a good year for the STAR program. According to the Porterville Recorder, Sunnyside pupils increased their Academic Performance Index (API) score by 36 points. This helped the Elementary School go from an API score of 721 in 2011 to 757 in 2012. As a result, Sunnyside made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and has been removed from the Program Improvement list.

"This is the second year of making AYP and they are no longer a Program Improvement School," Jim Melching, a Sunnyside teacher, told the news source. "Only a few other schools in Tulare County accomplished this goal."

Melching said that last year, students were asked what they would like to see as a reward for good test scores. They wanted Principal Steve Tsuboi and a few other male teachers to shave their heads, and the school officials followed through with it at a recent assembly.