February 25, 2015
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
Tidbits About Testing
To help parents understand the new testing system in California schools, we will be adding “chunks” of information to our newsletter each week. This information is provided by the California Dept. of Education.
A Comprehensive Plan for Student Success
Knowing that public schools are preparing students for the challenges of the future, California has developed a comprehensive plan for high-quality teaching and learning in every school. We have a long way to go, but our work is well under way, with higher academic standards, more decision-making in the hands of schools and communities, and more resources dedicated to schools and to students with the greatest needs.
Gradually, we’re providing more support for teachers, more resources for students and more access to technology. As a result, exciting changes have begun to take place inside our classrooms. Along with reading to follow a story, students are learning to read to cite evidence and draw logical conclusions. They are learning to use math to solve real-world problems rather than merely pick out the right multiple-choice answer.
The system-wide changes we have begun are focused on helping students succeed in the long run, achieving their dreams of college and a career. They will take considerable time and effort to carry out. That’s why the course we’ve set in California is to carefully phase in change as state and local capacity grows.
A New Testing System Built With Teachers’ Help
Teachers want to know what students know so they can adjust instruction. Like class assignments and report cards, tests provide one more way to assess student progress. Because the things we want students to know and be able to do have changed, our tests must change as well.
This spring, students will take part in the first statewide administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for students in grades three through eight and grade eleven for the 2014–15 school year. These computer-based tests will replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and math.
The tests are an academic check-up, designed to give teachers feedback they need to improve instruction and the tools to improve teaching and learning. The assessments will use computer adaptive technology to provide more accurate information about individual student performance. And because the tests are taken online, information will be available to teachers, schools and school districts on a timely basis so it can be used to help students learn.
Corey Kidwell, Superintendent
Home and School Club News
Hot Lunch: Have you re-ordered? Menus are posted for the rest of the school year. Wednesday is the last day to order for this week. See attached flyer.
Dinosaurs Before Dark
Come see our 1st and 2nd graders in “The Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark” play, March 13-15, 2015. For tickets please visit: theatreinthemountains.org. See attached flyer.