Volume 2, Issue 1                                                                                                          August 2016


Greetings!

Last spring, students across the state in grades 3 through 8 took part in the 2016 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which includes the Smarter Balanced computer-based tests for English/language arts and mathematics.
 
In our school district, we see these tests as an academic checkup. Like class assignments and report cards, they are one gauge for us to measure student progress. Our teachers use information from all these sources to develop learning goals and design effective instruction for student mastery of rigorous academic standards. The August issue of our e-newsletter provides you with information about the CAASPP program and the 2016 results.
 
The Cypress School District is committed to providing a high quality, world-class education for all our students. By working together - administrators, teachers, parents, students, and community members - we can ensure our children are well prepared for success in a dynamic and ever-changing world.
 
We appreciate your partnership with us!

Sincerely,
Anne Silavs
Superintendent


Understanding the New Student Score Report
How is it different than last year?

The CAASPP Student Score Report is a great tool for promoting conversations about student performance as well as how to support and improve student learning. Along with an overall score for each subject, the report has information about how a student performed in different skill areas associated with English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Furthermore, the Student Score Report shows student progress from one year to the next, which is an added feature this year.  The new report also includes simplified text and easy-to-read graphics. 

The video below provides a brief explanation of how to interpret the new Student Score Report.  



Also available in Spanish
 
For a more interactive experience in understanding student scores, we encourage you to visit the California Department of Education's new CAASPP gateway: 


For those who prefer a downloadable print version of the CAASPP Student Score Report Guide, click below:

Also available in Spanish and  Korean
Also available in Spanish and  Korean

Also available in Spanish and Korean

Understanding the Smarter Balanced Assessments
What do I need to know about these state tests?

The California Department of Education has developed parent guides to help families learn more about the Smarter Balanced assessments that are part of the CAASPP system. The guides also includes web links to other valuable resources. 

To access the parent guides, please click below:

Also available in Spanish
Also available in Spanish
 
To experience the Smarter Balanced assessments for yourself in an interactive format, you may log on to the practice test as a guest by clicking here


School, D istrict, County, and Statewide Results
So, how did we perform compared to others?

In 2016,  the  Cypress School District performed well above the county average in both English/language arts and mathematics  on the Smarter Ba lanced assessments. W hereas student reports help teachers and parents pinpoint individual student needs, school results enable teachers, principals, and district administrators to make informed decisions about how to best support the overall educational program. The California Department
of Education provides parents and other community members with access to school and district Smarter Balanced results across the state. New this year, the website also includes the ability to compare test results. To search results for a particular school or district, please click here. 

CONTACT US
DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION
Superintendent
714.220.6910
Assistant Superintendent
Business Services
714.220.6941
Administrative Director
Human Resources/Induction
714.220.6913
Director
Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
714.220.6920
Director
Special Education/Student Services
714.220.6924
Director
Technology Services
714.220.6961
Director
Maintenance/Operations/Transportation
714.220.6951
Director
Child Nutrition Services
714.220.6948
Coordinator
Instructional Technology/Special Projects
714.220.6929
SCHOOLS
Carol Erbe , Principal
9281 Denni St., Cypress
714.220.6965
Jacki Teschke, Principal
8170 Moody St., Cypress
714.220.6980
Rena Gibbs, Ed.D., Principal
9739 Denni St., Cypress
714.220.6960
Denine Kelly, Principal
4631 La Palma Ave., La Palma
714.220.6918
Lori Hernandez, Principal
9952 Graham St., Cypress
714.220.6995
Helen Lu, Principal
5900 Cathy Ave., Cypress
714.220.6990

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Candi Kern   -   Sandra Lee   -   Brian Nakamura   -   Lydia Sondhi, Ph.D.