Below please find a letter from Superintendent Banda concerning Smarter Balanced testing for grades 3-8. We have included the original letter as well as a helpful link for your child to practice testing as well. Thank you.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging and meaningful.
The SCUSD K-6 report card has been revised to align to the California Common Core State Standards (CA CCSS) for mathematics and English Language Arts that will be implemented state-wide in 2014-15. Parents will notice the following on the new report card:
A 4-point grading scale indicating the four levels of standards achievement
An alpha scale of O (outstanding), S (satisfactory), P (progressing), or N (needs improvement) that indicates progress in the learning expectations for each domain or strand of standards
New categories for math and English Language Arts aligned to the CA CCSS
A section on Behaviors that Support Learning reflecting social emotional learning competencies and work habit skills that are critical to academic success
The district has provided a helpful guide to better understand the changes and how to read the new format. Simply click on the attached document to learn more.
As education moves towards online testing (full implementation of the new Common Core State Standards and online testing for SCUSD begins in the 2014-15 school year) it is imperative that students be comfortable with technology including basic keyboarding skills, the ability to screen scroll, highlight relevant text and summarize answers by typing out short essays.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of high quality academic expectations in English-language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics that define the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade level in order to be on track for success in both their college and career paths.
We have provided a few resources below to help you better understand these changes and how they will impact your child’s education.