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
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
A 4-point grading scale indicating the four levels of
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
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