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Santa Ana District Context

California Collaborative on District Reform. (2018). Santa Ana Unified School District (USD) student enrollment & performance [Collection of student demographic and performance data for March 27–28, 2018, meeting of the California Collaborative on District Reform]. Available at

This collection of graphics and tables provides key background information about Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD). The pie chart and table show SAUSD student enrollment by ethnicity/ race for the 2016-17 school year. The table also provides SAUSD and California student enrollment across other demographic categories, including English learners (EL), students with disabilities, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, foster youth, homeless students, and the unduplicated student count for the 2016-17 school year. The graphs that follow provide California district English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics California Standards Test proficiency rates from 2007-2013 and meeting standards rates on the ELA and mathematics California Assessment for Student Performance and Progress from 2015-17.

Santa Ana Unified School District. (n.d.). Superintendent’s State of the District breakfast. [Brochure]. Available at

SAUSD publishes a report each year describing the state of the district to families and community members. The 2017-18 annual report opens with contextual information about the district and some key accomplishments, such as four of their high schools being ranked among the best high schools in the nation by US News & World Report. The district has organized the report around three goals: (1) preparing students for the 21st century, (2) ensuring equitable access and high quality learning for all students, and (3) creating a safe environment for students and staff. The district lists key measures they are monitoring over time to gauge progress toward their goals, such as reading scores in 3rd grade and EL resignation rates, plus results so far in other important benchmarks. The document also describes some of the district’s most successful programs, such as their education and community business partnerships, early literacy programs, and family programs.

Santa Ana Unified School District (2018). Santa Ana Unified School District Local Control and Accountability Plan 2017–2018. [Brochure]. Santa Ana, CA: Author. Available at

SAUSD’s 2017-17 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) infographic contains some general background information about the district, and the budget for each of its three LCAP goals (see paragraph above for brief description of goals). Each goal also has a list of the actions needed to meet the goal. For example, Goal 1 action steps include professional development for teachers, plus revised math and Advanced Placement courses and placement. Goal 2 action steps include increased access to the library and technology for low-income students and their families. Activities associated with Goal 3 include implementing an anti-bullying program and expanding district parent programs.