With the second year release of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium standardized test, this is the first look at how students are progressing with the Common Core State Standards. Looking at all grade levels, Orange County was a top performer in both English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics in 2016 with 57 percent and 48 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards, respectively. The county’s students ranked highest out of all Southern California counties, and overall, performed 8 percentage points better in English Language Arts/Literacy and 11 percent points better in Mathematics than the statewide average. These scores are encouraging as they  point to high level of preparedness of Orange County students at all grade levels.

Dr. Wallace Walrod will present these findings in more detail at the release of The 2016-2017 Orange County Workforce Indicators Report at the 15th Annual Workforce Development Conference October 11.

The report is the product of a partnership between OCBC, the County of Orange, and Orange County Development Board, and analyzes the growth of industry and employment, salary and wage trends, demographic changes, workforce housing issues, and the educational attainment of Orange County students. An embargoed copy of the report will be available for interested press. CLICK HERE for a key facts sheet that provides a snapshot of the trends discussed in the report.

The conference will also feature a keynote discussion with Leah Koontz, Vice President Controller, Southwest Airlines. The discussion will focus on current workforce trends that impact the airline’s ability to attract talented employees, what programs are in place to work with schools (K-12 and higher education) in order to develop effective training pipelines, and programs to hire veterans.



  • Report Data Analysis: Wallace Walrod, Ph.D., Chief Economic Advisor, OCBC
  • Report Data Analysis: Andrew Munoz, Executive Director,  OCDB
  • Moderator: Robbin Narike Preciado, Senior Vice President, Regional Executive, Greater OC/Inland Division, Union Bank, and OCBC Board Member
  • Keynote Speaker: Leah Koontz, Vice President Controller, Southwest Airlines


Tuesday, October 11, 2017

Registration: 11:00 a.m., Program: 11:30 a.m., Adjourn: 1:30 p.m.


Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92614

R.S.V.P.: Media interested in an embargoed copy of the report and/or attending the conference, contact Delaine Moore, Director of Communications, at or (949) 794-7220.

About OCBC:
Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America’s sixth largest county. For more information, visit  

About Orange County Development Board:
In Partnership with the Orange County Board of Supervisors, the Orange County Development Board (OCDB) oversees Orange County’s workforce development activities and establishes programs in response to the workforce needs of Orange County. The OCDB designs and implements programs and services for business, adults, youth and dislocated workers in accordance with its 5-year Strategic Local Plan. The Strategic Plan describes the Board’s commitment in establishing a comprehensive workforce development system for Orange County. This system operates through One-Stop Career Centers, and satellite centers, conveniently located throughout the County. Each Center offers a wealth of training, information and assistance for businesses and job seekers. Please visit the One Stop Career Center Web Site.

Posted on October 7, 2016

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