SMARTER BALANCED TESTING PROGRAM SCORES RELEASED
In September, the district will be sending parents a copy of your child's Smarter Balanced test results and the test results greatly differ from the previous STAR tests.
The proficiency rates from this spring are significantly lower than the proficiency rates on California Standardized Tests (CST), which were used prior to the adoption of the Common Core Standards. In time, we expect to see growth on the Smarter Balanced assessments. Some students who are used to passing the state test might find they don’t quite pass the new tests. Those students and their parents should not interpret those results as the student’s failure, but rather as a new baseline for moving forward with learning the new skills.
The California Department of Education now has an online guide available to help parents better understand the new Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. Overall, the new SBA tests will reflect students’ thinking and problem skills as part of a broader state push to ensure graduates are ready for college and the 21st century job market. The tests are taken spring for grades three through eight and 11th grade. SBA exams are also taken on a computer and adapt to how a student performs to better match the test with ability. More support is also available for English language learners and students with disabilities.
The 3rd - 5th grade parent guide is available through the following link: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/sbparentgde35.pdf
The 6th - 8th grade parent guide is available through the following link:
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
As part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), school districts, COEs, and charter schools are required to develop, adopt, and annually update a three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
The LCAP must focus on eight areas identified as California’s educational priorities as well as its own local priorities. The eight areas of specified state priorities are intended to encompass the key ingredients of high-quality educational programs. The plan must describe the overall vision for students, annual goals and strategic actions needed to achieve the goals. In formulating the plan, each school district/county office must engage parents, employees, educators and the community in developing these plans.
The Plan must demonstrate how the budget ensures alignment of projected spending and services to support the achievement of the goals. Each year the plan must provide data on how well the plan meets the overall goals and the goals for each numerically significant student subgroup.
The following was the timeline for LCAP approval:
May 12 - Board reviewed draft LCAP
May 18- The Site Council reviewed the Draft Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
May 19-June 16 - A final draft was posted for public comment until the Special Board Meeting in June to approve the LCAP.
June 16 - Public Hearing regarding the LCAP and District Budget
June 23 The Board approved the LCAP