2015-16 Welcome Back

Welcome Back 2015

Superintendent José Manzo and Board President Jacquelyn Adams welcomed Oak Grove School District employees to the 2015-16 School year on August 12.  Oak Grove Exemplary Employee were also acknowledged at the event.  The following are the 2015 Exemplary Employees: Marissa Garcia Anderson School Camille Zerzan Anderson School Cheri Kinkhorst Baldwin …

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Peachjar – Electronic Flyer Distribution

peachjar

Oak Grove School District delivers school information and approved flyers from community organizations electronically. School-approved eflyers will be emailed directly to you. Additionally, you can view these eflyers by clicking the Peachjar button on your school’s website. This “green” initiative saves our schools tons of paper and reduces copy costs …

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Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment

The CAASPP/Smarter Balanced Tests are still being scored.

California Department of Ed Link to CAASPP information and videos

This spring, students took part in the first statewide administration of the CAASPP program’s Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for students who were in grades three through eight and grade eleven during the 2014–15 school year. These computer-based tests replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program’s paper-based, multiple-choice California Standards Test (CST) assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics

The tests are an academic check-up, designed to give teachers feedback they need to improve CCSS instruction. The assessments use computer adaptive technology and human scoring to provide more accurate information about individual student performance.

Like the new academic standards, the new Smarter Balanced Summative tests are too fundamentally different from the old CST exams to make comparisons between old scores and new. That’s why this year’s test results will only establish a baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time.

Based on trial runs of some test questions in California and other states, many if not most students will need to make significant progress to reach the achievement standards set for math and ELA that accompany college and career readiness.

As we make these changes to curriculum, instruction and assessments, we are keeping a watch and see approach. Just like a newly remodeled kitchen takes a while for cooks to get used to, with these tests, there will a period when our school’s education remodel will be evident. “Under construction” signs may be likened to a student’s test scores that seem lower than in the past, but are really early indicators of how a student is progressing towards being college- and career-ready. Please remember that this first round of test scores will provide us with a baseline for how our students are doing against the new standards and allow us to inform our teaching methods over time and measure improvement.

There are four new achievement standards: Standard Not Met; Standard Nearly Met; Standard Met; and Standard Exceeded. Standard Met is considered being “proficient” with the new standards. However, there is no way to stress enough that Standard Met on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments CANNOT be compared to Proficient on the CSTs. The assessments and the standards being assessed are far too different for any valid comparison. We would be better off comparing apples to oranges.

Your student’s CAASPP Score Report will be mailed home mid-August. On the front side there will be information about your student’s overall scores and achievement standards for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics, while on the backside there will be a further breakdown of the areas that make up your student’s overall score.

No student, parent or teacher should be discouraged by scores, which will not be used to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade. Rather, the results will provide an opportunity to focus on the needs of students and support teachers and schools in their work.

California’s new assessment system represents the next step in our comprehensive plan to promote high-quality teaching and learning and improve student outcomes. This plan recognizes that assessments can play a role in promoting high-quality instruction.

Teachers in California support these changes because, unlike in other states, the primary purpose of testing here is to support learning, not to impose high-stakes consequences. This approach fits well with California’s new LCFF funding our schools, which recognizes that decisions about education dollars are best made by parents, teachers and communities themselves.

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. In a state as diverse and complex as California, adjustments will always be needed to make lasting progress. Patience and persistence will be required to help our schools continue to succeed during this time of transition.

LCAP 2015-16

The Board of Trustee approved the LCAP on June 23, 2015. California’s new education funding model, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), is a major reform in the way public school districts receive money from the state. Previously school districts received a significant portion of money without restrictions, but much …

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Two-Way Bilingual Immersion

Two Way Immersion

Two-Way Bilingual Comes to Oak Grove! Plans are underway to open the first Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) Program in Oak Grove School District for the fall of 2015 / ! El Distrito Escolar Oak Grove Anuncia con Orgullo su Primer Programa Bilingüe y de Inmersión¡ The Oak Grove School District believes …

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Common Core State Standards

Common Core

Why the New Common Core Standards? Our teachers have been working hard to help students reach the new, more rigorous academic standards set out by the state of California. These new core learning standards tell us what students should know and be able to do at the end of each …

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