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This is an exciting time for everyone at Guerneville School.
As you may already know, we, along with thousands of schools across California, are participating in a field test of a modern assessment system designed to help shape teaching and learning in the classroom. Known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress – or CASPP – these computer-based tests replace the STAR program.
These tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English and math, which California adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live.
Part of the goal of the field test this year is to determine how well individual questions allow students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn. We are also taking this opportunity to see how well our technical capabilities meet the demands of computer-based assessments and to see what resources our teachers and school may yet need.
Finally and importantly, this year also gives your student an opportunity to try out the new system without consequences. All of this combined means that we will not be capturing scores this year. Instead, we will use what we learn from this field test to help ensure a successful full launch of the system in the 2014-15 school year.
Our next step in that transition is to administer the field test to students in 3rd- 8th grades from April 6th – May 16th. If you want to see what types of questions students will be asked or how the test will be presented, there is a practice test available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp.
If you would like more information, please visit the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterfieldtest.asp. If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact me at (707) 869-2864 x 112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You Guerneville
For Your Support!
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“We are excited to be embarking with BCA Architects on master planning and modernization projects that will bring our facilities into the highest quality learning environments for the students of Guerneville. The need is there and the kids deserve the best!”
Elaine Carlson, Superintendent of Guerneville School District
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Title I Academic Achievement Award!!
We are so very proud of our students and staff. For the second year in a row, Guerneville School is the only school in Sonoma County to earn this distinction! Read what our State Superintendent of Schools had to say about schools like ours.
From Tom Torlakson our State Superintendent of Schools:
“The progress being made at these schools, which serve our neediest students, should serve as a beacon of hope for California. At a time of fiscal crisis and economic uncertainty, they continue to improve, building a brighter future for their students," Torlakson said. "Their accomplishments prove the value of investing in our schools, and I thank the hardworking parents, teachers, administrators and school employees at these campuses for their efforts."
The criteria to qualify for the Title I award have become more rigorous in recent years. To meet the criteria for this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. Additionally, the school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.