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Assessment UpdateCAASPP Assessment Update

Assessment Update

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, California is moving to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These computer-based tests replace the STAR program. CAASPP is 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.

This year, CAASPP is being field tested to determine how well individual questions allow students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn.

Who will take the test?
All students in grades 3-8 and in grade 11.

Between April 7 and May 16, 2014. Hacienda will be testing April 7th - May 12th.

Will parents receive test results?
No. Because this is a field test to determine how effective CAASPP is, schools, districts, and students/families will not receive scores.
Visit http://www.sjusd.org/parents/assessment-information/ for complete testing information and dates.

Últimas noticias sobre los exámenes estatales

A partir del ciclo escolar 2013-2014, California pondrá en marcha la nueva Evaluación de Desempeño y Progreso Estudiantil de California (CAASPP, por sus siglas en inglés).  Estos exámenes que se tomarán vía computadora reemplazarán al programa STAR.  El nuevo examen CAASPP está alineado con los estándares académicos, comunes y fundamentales de Inglés y Matemáticas que California adoptó en 2010 para describir cuáles conocimientos y habilidades necesitan tener los estudiantes a fin de estar bien preparados para los estudios universitarios y las carreras profesionales, independientemente de su lugar de procedencia o la ubicación de su domicilio.

Este año, el CAASPP se pondrá a prueba para determinar qué tan bien funcionan las preguntas individuales de dicho examen a fin de que los estudiantes demuestren lo que saben y lo que todavía necesitan aprender.

¿Quién tomará este examen?
Todos los estudiantes del 3º al 8º grado y los estudiantes del 11º grado.

Entre el 7 de abril y el 16 de mayo de 2014.  La escuela de lámina probará el 7 de abril - 12 de mayo.

¿Recibirán los padres los resultados de este examen?

No. Debido a que este ciclo escolar el examen CAASPP únicamente se está poniendo a prueba para determinar cuán eficiente es, las escuelas, los distritos escolares, los estudiantes y sus familias no recibirán los resultados.

Visite http://www.sjusd.org/parents/assessment-information/ para obtener la información detallada acerca de este examen y las fechas de administración.

Welcome to Hacienda

Dear Hacienda families,
Someone informed me today that there are only 48 school days remaining in this school year. By the time you read this there will be fewer. My reaction was a mixture of disbelief, complete and total panic about all that still needs to be done, and, I admit, a little bit of YAHOOOOO!!!!! I am telling you this because we want to help our children keep the YAHOOO attitude in the background, and to ask you to encourage them to keep plugging away and giving their best effort. There is still lots of work and learning to be done!

On a more serious note, a Hacienda mother reported that she had been flashed, after school by the YMCA, by a Hispanic male driving a teal colored pickup. It was reported to the police. I have alerted staff to the incident and want to assure you we will be keeping an eye out for this guy and will call the police immediately if we sight him. If only they issued Principals tasers I know what I would do to get his attention and his sincere promise never to behave in such a manner again…….

We are swiftly approaching testing season, with a brand new format for tests for children in grades 3 - 5. All kids in SJUSD will be taking part in the field test of the Smarter Balanced assessments that will be officially rolled out to all schools in CA next year. These tests are taken online, and I can guarantee you there will be some glitches. SJUSD does not receive any information back on how our kids do on these tests, so I am approaching them as an opportunity to find out what doesn’t work so we’ll be really ready when we the take the tests next year and the results come back to us. I want our kids to, as I mentioned above, do their best, but I hope they’ll enjoy the new test platform as well. It’s going to be interesting :-)

As this is the April newsletter I want to let you know that I look forward to seeing all of you at Spring Fling. It’s always one of my favorite events of the year, and I am always grateful for the generosity of our families in their support of this major fundraiser. Our kids never cease to amaze me with their commitment to walking/running their legs off to help the school. Awesome!!

Warm regards,

Melissa Mohamed

Parent e-Mail Communication

In 2010-11, SJUSD acquired a more effective email filtering system. Parents no longer need to register their email addressees to communicate with teachers or administrators. We understand the importance of communicating quickly and effectively with parents, community members, and others outside of San Jose Unified School District, and hopefully this change will allow communication to flow more smoothly. If anyone is aware of legitimate emails not being received or being blocked by the filter, please contact Technology Services at 408.535.6420.  Sample email address for an SJUSD employee: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)