Monthly Message from the Superintendent

“CAASPP”

 April 2016

April is the time of year when all of the hard work and learning throughout the year appears to coalesce.  Our students continue to work hard connecting concepts and diving deep into engaging content.  They are able to apply their understanding of standards in meaningful ways to demonstrate their learning.

During a three-week window (May 2 – May 20), our students in third through sixth grade will participate in the state academic testing program, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).  CAASPP is intended to provide information that can be used to monitor our students’ progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career.  CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English language arts and mathematics (Smarter Balanced assessments), as well as paper-based tests for science.

The hard work and learning accomplished by our students throughout the school year have prepared them for the testing experience. The Smarter Balanced assessments are an academic check-up, designed to give teachers the feedback they need to inform instruction. The tests measure critical thinking, analytical writing, problem solving, and subject area knowledge, providing teachers with multiple sources of actionable information about student strengths and areas where students need additional support. Additional information about CAASPP can be found at this link.

Attendance at school on time, each day is an ongoing priority for every student.  It is even more important during our assessment window as it allows students the greatest opportunity to perform well.  Please ensure your children are well-rested and prepared for each day!

 We are excited about the remaining weeks of the school year and proud of our terrific students and staff!

 Sincerely,

Holly McClurg, Ph.D.

Superintendent

hmcclurg@dmusd.org

(858)755-9301 X3699

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