Executive Director Corner: Redefining Student Success

posted Sep 16, 2015, 11:28 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 5:31 PM ]
Families of students who were in 3rd - 8th grades and 11th grade last school year are weeks away from receiving the results of the inaugural Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) in Math and English Language Arts. While there are multiple measures upon which students are assessed, the SBAC is a critically important one.

Schools have been without comprehensive data on student performance for two years. The outcomes of this assessment will create a new benchmark against which schools will begin the climb to their ultimate goal: 100% of students scoring at our above proficient in both Math and ELA.
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We at PPS-SF want to hear from you. What’s your experience been with the SBAC? What types of conversations are happening within your school community? Undoubtedly, families will have many questions about the assessment results. Our team will be fielding many of these inquiries. Stay tuned for more details on this. In the meantime, I encourage you to begin asking your student learners’ teachers and school leaders what their vision is for reviewing the SBAC with your school community. If you’d like to get a sense for how districts across California performed on this inaugural SBAC, check out Ed Trust West’s report.

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