Resources for Parents

LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP)

What is the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)?

The LCAP is an important component of the Local Control Funding Formula. Under the LCFF all LEAs are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified pursuant to EC Section 52060(d).

Download  SPUSD’s Strategic Plan and LCAP Actions 2016-2019

Parent input is very important for the LCAP. Click here to take a survey about the LCAP for SPUSD.

Visit SPUSD’s website for more information and documents about the LCAP.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW MATH PLACEMENT LAW

The California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015 requires school districts that serve pupils entering grade nine and that have not already done so to adopt “a fair, objective, and transparent mathematics placement policy” before the beginning of the 2016–17 school year. The mathematics placement policy must be adopted in a regularly scheduled public meeting.

This PTA supported law, SB 359 (Mitchell), addresses the math misplacement of students — especially students of color — as they enter high school. Correct math placement in ninth grade is crucial for educational success. Misplacement can result in pupils being less competitive for college admissions, including at the California State University and University of California.

IMPORTANT TIP FOR PTA LEADERS

elevatemathAt your next school board meeting:

  • Ask how your school district is implementing this new law
  • Share the sample school board policies and resources below
  • Help make sure the students in your local schools benefit from the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015.

DIGGING DEEPER

letter from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators outlines the requirements of the new law:

“The mathematics placement policy for pupils entering grade nine must meet the following requirements:

  • Systematically takes multiple objective academic measures of pupil performance into consideration;
  • Includes at least one placement checkpoint within the first month of the school year to ensure accurate placement and to permit reevaluation of individual student progress;
  • Requires an annual examination of pupil placement data to ensure that students are not held back in a disproportionate manner on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background;
  • Requires a report on the results of the annual examination by the local educational agency to its governing board or body;
  • Offers clear and timely recourse for each pupil and his or her parent or legal guardian who questions the student’s placement; and
  • For non-unified school districts, addresses the consistency of placement policies between elementary and high school districts.”

The math placement policy must be posted on the district web site.


MOVING BEYOND THE BUBBLE: STUDENT ASSESSMENTS

California’s new assessment program — called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) — represents the next step in our state’s ambitious education remodeling project.

As of spring 2015, California schools replaced old tests with new assessments built to let parents and teachers know how well students are learning the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world. This year will be the second year of full implementation of the new assessments. Spring 2016 testing will take place mostly in April and May, depending on school district calendars.

 UPDATED FOR 2016

Check out two fliers from California State PTA on what the assessment scores mean and what questions parents should ask:

  • Smarter Balanced Resources — This infographic from California State PTA and Children Now offers answers and resources on frequently asked assessment questions
  • Early Assessment Program — A flier from California State University, California Community Colleges and University of California outlines what the assessments mean for 11th-grade students

Download new parent guides from the California Department of Education and California State PTA:

Click here to find out more about the new assessments.

CALIFORNIA STATE PTA ACTION ALERT (Feb 17, 2016): VOICE YOUR OBJECTION NOW TO THE RELEASE OF YOUR CHILD’s INFORMATION

Your child’s personal information is being released: Voice your concerns NOW.

A February federal court ruling is requiring the California Department of Education to release all personal data — even including names and Social Security numbers — on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008: more than 10 million students including your child’s information. Take action now to voice your objection to releasing your child’s personal information!

What you can do right now: Voice your objection
Follow these step-by-step instructions to complete the Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records:

 1. Download the form — available in English and Spanish:

     2. Mail the completed form, one for each student, exactly as required to:

United State District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller
c/o Clerk of the Court
Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse
501 I Street, Room 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: Document Filed Under Seal.

     3. Mail a copy to the California Department of Education at:

California Department of Education 
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Morgan Hill Court Ruling.

The deadline to submit objection forms and make your voice heard is April 1, so don’t delay – get yours in the mail to the court and CDE today! Do not fax or email the form, and do not phone or message – only hard-copy forms will be accepted. 

For more information, click here


SOUTH PASADENA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (SPUSD) NEWS

Career Internship Program Ready to Launch in Fall 2016

Beginning this fall, South Pasadena High School juniors and seniors will be eligible to participate in the District’s first career internship program. The program is designed to expose high schoolers to a variety of careers while engaging them in substantive projects and hands-on experiences.  Planning for the new program has been underway since December 2015.

“Research indicates that students benefit from seeing and using life skills within the workplace,” said Christiane Gervais, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services. “The South Pasadena Unified School District board and administrators are committed to providing students with opportunities for real-world experiences to prepare them for college and career.”

Students begin by completing two pre-requisite workshops covering career exploration and basic work skills.  Once the workshops have been completed, the students are eligible to enroll in the internship course through the high school.  The course requires students to apply and interview for available internships and then complete 60 hours of work at one of the participating businesses or organizations. Upon satisfactory completion of the internship, students will earn five high school credits.

“Giving our students the opportunity to experience various careers first-hand takes the skills they learn in the classroom one step further,” added Andrea Fox, South Pasadena Unified School District Career Internship Specialist.

The District is working with several businesses and organizations to offer internships in various fields, aligned with the K-12 instructional pathways that the South Pasadena Unified School District offers. With a focus on arts, business, engineering, computer science and bio-medicine, new companies are continuously being asked to participate in the program.

“Our goal is to grow the program so that a large number of students will be attracted to the program and will complete the internships.  The program will be offered year-round – including fall, spring and summer – so that students can fit the program to their needs,” added Fox.

Employers and organizations offering student internships will be asked to sign a memo of understanding, outlining the responsibilities for both the District and the business.  The agreement requires that employers and organizations provide an internship coordinator who will communicate regularly with the supervising teacher to ensure that the internship is working as expected.

At this point, the District is continuing its efforts to build the program through presentations and meetings with local organizations and employers.  Additional details about scheduling for the pre-requisite workshops and signing up for the course will be available to students by the end of this school year.  For more information or if your student, company, or organization would like to get involved, please contact Andrea Fox at afox@spusd.net. The community’s help in recruiting businesses to partner with South Pasadena Unified is critical to the program’s success as it continues to grow.

Board Votes To Terminate Exclusive Negotiation Agreement Covering Mission Place Project

On March 9, 2016, the South Pasadena Board of Education approved a motion to issue project developer, Legacy Partners, a notice that the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) will be terminating the Exclusive Negotiation Agreement covering the Mission Place Project.  This action brings to a close any possibility that the proposed Mission Place Project will be built on the School District parking lot.

“Thank you to the administrators and former boards for the thought and energy that went into this innovative response to unpredictable educational funding in California. Thanks also to our community for the robust dialogue surrounding the Mission Place Project,” said Julie Giulioni, President, SPUSD Board of Education.  “The public comments and written documentation submitted clearly demonstrate that this project in its current form is not the right project for us.”

The idea for the Mission Place Project began in 2008. At the time, the School District faced critical budget shortfalls and began exploring additional local revenue possibilities consistent with the School District’s strategic plan. With prime real estate in a significant part of the city, commercial development options were explored. After early community input and committee recommendations, a project was proposed that involved a 99-year ground lease of the parking lot and would result in a long-term, sustainable source of local revenue.

Over the past eight years, the School District has partnered extensively with the City of South Pasadena on this development proposal. Specific measures were taken to ensure that the project complied with the City’s Mission Street Specific Plan (South Pasadena’s intentions for development of this area). At the City’s request, the Board assumed the role of lead agency, taking responsibility land use planning. This involved commissioning a draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and a comprehensive parking study, holding numerous public meetings, and overseeing an eight-week public comment period during which written and verbal opinions were collected.

“In the end, the Board determined that the concerns of the community overshadowed the potential benefits of the development,” added Geoff Yantz, SPUSD Superintendent.  “At the District level, we now need to move forward with developing additional local funding sources for school facilities and programs to ensure that we continue to provide South Pasadena students with the highest quality education possible.”

SPUSD Site Assessment and Master Plan

SPUSD Local Control Accountability Plan


NEW PARENTS’ GUIDE TO STUDENT SUCCESS

Find out what your child will be learning, at each grade level, in Mathematics and English Language Arts with the new Common Core State Standards. You’ll also learn more about how you can support your child’s learning and other helpful information.

Available in the following languages:


TIPS TO CALM BACK-TO-SCHOOL JITTERS

California State PTA offers guidance for parents and students as they head back to school … Read more


 

SUPPORTING LEARNING AT HOME

Working together, parents and teachers give kids their best chance to learn. The California Teachers Association and the California State PTA have joined forces to offer some tips for you that will give your children the best opportunity to succeed in school. Download the information – available in multiple language.

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