Executive Director Corner: CA Assessment of Students and Progress

posted Oct 16, 2015, 9:36 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 5:32 PM ]
What’s that rustling sound? Is it the crunching of leaves reminding us that fall is upon us? Nope. It’s the sound of families feverishly opening mail!

Students across our city’s public schools are currently receiving the scores from their first foray into our state’s new annually offered summative assessment, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (formerly referred to by the organization that produces the assessment, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium).

If you are one of those parents who are still making meaning of the new assessment results (whatever you do, don’t call it a test!), rest assured that you aren’t alone. This is new territory for everyone -- adults and students, alike.

You don’t have to go it alone in analyzing the feedback (in fact, I highly recommend that you don’t go it alone). PPS-SF, in partnership with GreatKids, will be hosting an event on November 2 that we hope will not only help participants to decode the education jargon that was mailed home, but also learn new strategies to support student learning on each standard assessed on the CAASPP. Read below for details and let others in your network know about the upcoming event.

Masharika Prejean Maddison, Executive Director, Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco