“I’m extremely excited to begin as Superintendent in the Natomas Unified School District. My top priorities include creating a collaborative culture that believes all students can learn; establishing programs that meet the needs of all students; and closing the achievement gap." To accomplish that Mr. Evans noted, “We must continue the Board’s efforts to effectively manage the budget and work with everyone in the Natomas community, including our labor partners, to meet our goals.”
Mr. Chris Evans has strong Sacramento roots. An alumnus of CSU Sacramento, he began his career over twenty years ago as a classified employee before becoming a middle school and high school teacher, site administrator and district leader. Prior to joining Fresno Unified, He was the principal at Valley High School in Elk Grove.
Mr. Evans’ responsibilities in Fresno Unified included overseeing the academic success of the middle and high schools. In addition, he focused on improving instruction, providing Equity and Access for all students, and increasing student choice and opportunities. Under his leadership Fresno Unified experienced increased student success and made progress closing the achievement gap in a number of areas that included: First time CAHSEE pass rates; increased achievement on the California Standards Test; increased number of students passing Advanced Placement exams; increased University of California/California State University a-g completion; and increased graduation rates.
Through a national partnership with the College Board, Mr. Evans led efforts that more than doubled the percent of high school students enrolled in at least one AP course and developed a Pre-AP program that started in the sixth grade. He also oversaw the creation of the district’s career readiness program that implemented a K-12 career readiness plan and expanded high school career pathway choices for students. Additionally, he created an extended year program that included summer school, on-line learning and extended day opportunities for students.
These efforts were implemented as Fresno Unified reduced its budget over $100 million dollars while addressing the state budget crisis. To increase student success, Mr. Evans valued and engaged teachers in the implementation of different curriculum, instruction and assessment efforts.