Dear Parent or Guardian,
Last spring, your child took part in the 2015 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the new computer-based tests for English language arts/literacy and mathematics that replaced the former paper-based tests for these subjects.
These new exams are based on California’s new, more challenging academic standards, which are designed to help all students graduate ready for college and to pursue a career.
These tests require students to explain how they solve problems, think critically, and write analytically. These skills take time and effort to master, but our students will need them to succeed in the long run. We view these tests as an academic snapshot as they are a single measure of student progress.
The student score that was mailed home to you shows your child’s achievement on these new tests. You will notice that along with an overall score for each subject, there is also information about how your child performed in different skill areas associated with English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
These new tests and the standards they measure are very different from the old tests. The scores our students received this year are a baseline measure and we know they will continue to improve over time. Don’t be alarmed if the score is lower than previous CST scores n Language arts and math. The scores cannot be compared. We are very proud of the overall student scores our students achieved when compared with other districts. We scored in the top three in the county! Please visit our website to see our district scores compared to county and state averages.
For Parents of Students that were in Grades 5 and 8, for the 2014-15 school year:
To meet federal test requirements, California administered the California Standards Test (CST), the California Modified Assessment (CMA), and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science to all students in grades five and eight. If your child was administered a science test, the results appear on the back of the student score report. While new assessments based on the Next Generation Science Standards are being developed, the California Department of Education will continue to use the CST, CMA, and the CAPA for Science.
The Pleasant Valley School District is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle for our students. To send the right message and to help our students make good choices, teachers, staff, parents and students can all work together. Our Wellness Committee will again be meeting this year and anyone interested is encouraged to attend. The meetings will be held at the Pleasant Valley School District office at 600 Temple Avenue. They will begin at 11 a.m. on the following dates: October 8 and December 10, 2015 and February 11 and April 14, 2016.
Today's learners are being challenged to think deeply in all subject areas, develop collaboration skills, and to demonstrate their learning in creative and complex ways. PVSD is committed to providing the best opportunities to students so that they can develop skills that will help them be successful in high school, college, and beyond. Additionally, the educational content of today's classroom is increasingly found online. To this end, PVSD will be providing a Chromebook to every 6th grade student for use at school and at home. Learn more here.
National School Lunch/Breakfast Program: The online meal application is now available for the 2015/2016 school year. For faster processing please apply online. You may also obtain an application (one per household) from your child's school or at the PVSD District Office. If you have any questions regarding the online application or eligibility, please contact Nance Shirley at (805) 445-8679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pleasant Valley School District has released the timeline for registration for the 2015-2016 school year. Please view this document for important dates regarding School Choice and Kindergarten Tours and Registration. For questions about registration, please call the enrollment office at (805) 445-8652.
The Local Countrol Accountability Plan (LCAP) was recently approved by the Ventura County Office of Education. The LCAP outlines the instructional and financial goals for the Pleasant Valley School District. This plan was written using the input of staff, students, parents, and community members. Please take the the time to review our goals, as well as the plans we have set to reach those goals. PVSD LCAP 15-16