Superintendent's Update
Volume II: Issue II
September 29, 2015  Like us on Facebook
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As many of you know, Districts across the State recently received the results from last spring's California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the State's new assessment system.  It is a great start for FVSD and our students, teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and community all deserve a round of applause for their efforts! 

In addition, it is also exciting to note that student scores have been received by the District Office and are ready to be distributed, via mail, to families.  With over 4,000 reports being mailed early this week, we anticipate them arriving at homes no later than Monday, October 5th.  Please note that only students in grades  3-8 during the 2014-15 year will receive reports.  

Please note that this update is entirely dedicated to understanding the results from CAASPP, and we have included numerous resources, activities and websites for your information. 

Thank you for all that you do to support teaching and learning in our District!  


Mark Johnson, Ed.D.
FOCUS: CAASPP Student Results are In  (Grades 3-8 in 2014-15 year)
This week, parents/guardians of students in grades 3-8 during the 2014-15 year will receive a two-page report describing their child's California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) results. Parents should understand that the new results cannot be compared with scores on previous state standardized tests, as this year's English language arts and math tests are based on a different set of academic standards.

Instead of using five levels of achievement (far below basic to advanced), like the former California Standards Tests, CAASPP uses four achievement levels: standard not met, nearly met, met and standard exceeded.  The levels will designate the degree of "progress toward mastery of the knowledge and skills needed for success in future coursework."

The second page of the report elaborates on the purpose of these new tests, which, it says, includes a "wider variety of questions than traditional multiple-choice tests and include tasks and test items that require students to explain how they solve problems." It breaks down the overall score into components that the new standards stress. 

Click on the image below to learn more and view a sample report.

FOCUS: How Do Learn More About What the New Standards are Asking of Students?
Click on the image below to learn more about the ELA and math skills needed at each grade level.  In addition, there are great online activities and games for students.  
WATCH: SBAC Tutorial with National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling
Check out this informative video with National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, as she takes us through a very brief five-minute tutorial (with samples) of the new Smarter Balanced Assessments in math and English Language Arts.  This video was shared last year, but it is worth a second look.
Don't miss this video!
UP NEXT: Math Standards - What's Happening in FVSD?
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