Stan Carrizosa took the reins of Burbank Unified School District July 1, leaving Visalia Unified School District, where he was superintendent since 2001. With school opening Monday, Carrizosa took stock of Burbank Unified, where it's been, where it's going, and how he intends to move it forward.
MAX ZIMBERT: Last year, the district crossed an important threshold on state instructional and accountability exams by surpassing the state goal on the Academic Performance Index. How significant are test scores, and what's success look like?
STAN CARRIZOSA: We have had a really nice surge in today's measurements for student achievement. They tell us about our teaching, our learning, and they tell us about our school community.
For me, as we improve those API scores, how many more students are actually becoming proficient? This idea of "quality of living for a lifetime" is what I relate to proficiency. I think we want to be a district where we have the highest percentage possible of kids proficient. We've got high academic achievement and we've got a variety of experiences that keep kids connected to school.