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State Standards

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. Click HERE for more information.

TUSD News Release - Aug 2016

TUSD NEWS RELEASE - AUGUST 2016

* See below for Spanish version & CAASPP ELA/Literacy and Math comparison chart


TUSD Outperforms Orange County and California on State Tests The California Department of Education has released testing results, and for the second consecutive year, students in the Tustin Unified School District outperformed the county and state averages of their peers in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. California updated its standards and built matching assessments to shift student learning toward more complex skills. In just the second year of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), TUSD students achieved gains on tests designed to gauge preparation for college and career. “Tustin Unified students are making great progress from one year to the next,” Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin said. “Not only are TUSD students performing at rates higher than the county and state, they also improved upon their results from last year in almost every category and grade level.” Once again, student scores were grouped into four achievement levels – standard exceeded, standard met, standard nearly met and standard not met. Overall, 63 percent of Tustin Unified students met or exceeded the English language arts (ELA)/literacy standard, compared to 57 percent of Orange County students and 49 percent of students in the state. Last year, 56 percent of TUSD students met or exceeded the ELA/literacy standard. The 2016 results reflect a seven percent growth over the prior year. Generally, a three to five percent increase or decrease is considered statistically significant. Additionally, TUSD students made gains in every grade level on the ELA/literacy tests. In math, 53 percent of Tustin Unified students met or exceeded the standard, compared to 48 percent of Orange County students and 37 percent of students in the state. In 2015, 49 percent of TUSD students met or exceeded the standard in math – a four percent increase over last year. CAASPP replaces the previous Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) system and consists of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. Students take both a computer-based and computer-adaptive test, providing them with a wider range of questions tailored to more accurately identify the knowledge and skills they have mastered. The tests also include performance tasks that challenge students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving, and to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems. Assessments are based on a growth model that allows the California Department of Education to produce comparisons that can track students’ progress through the grade levels. The results should not be compared to results of the outmoded STAR system as they are far too different to make any valid comparisons. Parents will soon receive their child’s CAASPP results in the mail. Individual student results are just one way to assess the progress of students. Students and parents should review the test results in combination with report card grades, class assignments, student work samples and teacher feedback. Additional information relating to CAASPP can be found at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca.


COMUNICADO DE PRENSA DE TUSD TUSD Supera al Condado de Orange y a California en los Exámenes Estatales El Departamento de Educación de California ha publicado los resultados de los exámenes, y por segundo año consecutivo, los alumnos del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Tustin superaron los promedios de sus compañeros del estado y del condado en Lengua y Literatura de inglés y matemáticas. California actualiza sus niveles y crea evaluaciones que coincidan, para desplazar el aprendizaje del alumno hacia habilidades más complejas. Tan sólo en el segundo año del Examen de California para medir el Rendimiento y Progreso del Alumno (por sus siglas en inglés CAASPP), los alumnos de TUSD lograron un progreso en los exámenes diseñados, con el fin de medir la preparación para la universidad y una carrera profesional. “Los alumnos del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Tustin están haciendo un gran progreso de un año a otro” mencionó el Superintendente Dr. Gregory Franklin. “No sólo el desempeño de los alumnos de TUSD es más alto que los índices del condado y el estado, sino que también mejoraron sus resultados del año pasado en casi todas las categorías y grados”. Una vez más, las puntuaciones de los alumnos se agruparon en cuatro niveles de rendimiento –excede el nivel, cumplió el nivel, cerca de cumplir el nivel y nivel no obtenido. En general, el 63 por ciento de los alumnos del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Tustin, cumplió o se superó en Lengua y Literatura de inglés (por sus siglas en inglés ELA)/nivel de conocimiento, en comparación con el 57 por ciento de los alumnos del Condado de Orange y el 49 por ciento de los alumnos en el estado. El año pasado el 56 por ciento de los alumnos de TUSD cumplió o superó el nivel de “ELA”/nivel de conocimiento. Los resultados de 2016 reflejan un crecimiento del siete por ciento sobre el año anterior. En general, un aumento o disminución del tres al cinco por ciento, es considerado estadísticamente significativo. Además, los alumnos de TUSD obtuvieron un progreso en cada grado de “ELA”/exámenes de conocimiento. En matemáticas, el 53 por ciento de los alumnos del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Tustin cumplió o superó el nivel, comparado con el 48 por ciento de los alumnos del Condado de Orange y el 37 por ciento de los alumnos en el estado. En el 2015, el 49 por ciento de los alumnos de TUSD cumplió o superó el nivel de matemáticas – un aumento del cuatro por ciento respecto al año pasado. “CAASPP” sustituye al anterior sistema de Exámenes y Reportes Estandarizados (por sus siglas en inglés STAR) y consiste de las Evaluaciones de Práctica y Preparación “Smarter Balanced”. Los alumnos presentan tanto un examen por computadora y un examen por computadora adaptado a las habilidades del alumno, proporcionándoles una gama más amplia de preguntas adaptadas para identificar con mayor precisión el conocimiento y las habilidades que han dominado. Los exámenes también incluyen trabajos de rendimiento que desafían a los alumnos, para demostrar un razonamiento crítico y resolución de problemas, y aplican su conocimiento y habilidades a los problemas del mundo real. Las evaluaciones se basan en un modelo de crecimiento, permitiendo al Departamento de Educación de California realizar comparaciones que pueden rastrear el progreso del alumno, a través de los niveles de grado. Los resultados no deben ser comparados con los resultados del sistema obsoleto “STAR”, ya que existe una gran diferencia para hacer comparaciones válidas. Los padres recibirán muy pronto los resultados “CAASPP” de sus hijos. Los resultados individuales de los alumnos son sólo una manera de evaluar el progreso de los alumnos. Los alumnos y los padres deben revisar los resultados del examen en combinación con las calificaciones de la boleta, trabajos en clase, muestras de sus trabajos y la retroalimentación de los maestros. Información adicional relativa a “CAASPP” se puede encontrar en www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca. Por favor vea las gráficas adjuntas.


*Click HERE to view the CAASPP ELA/Literacy and Math comparison charts.

*Click HERE for the Spanish version

Technology

5th Grade - Parent Technology Info Meetings

5th grade parents are required to participate in a 1:1 Technology Information Meeting available either at a face-to-face meeting or online.

For those attending a face-to-face meeting, more information will be forthcoming.

  • To view the online presentation in English, click HERE
  • To view in Spanish, click HERE

After either attending the meeting or viewing the online information, parents will need to sign a Mobile Device Agreement indicating that they viewed the information. The form will be included in the First Day Packet, but can also be printed HERE. To receive a device, students must bring in the completed form.

In addition to a Mobile Device Agreement, the Acceptable Use Policy (click HERE) must also be signed and turned in. BOTH completed forms must be turned in before receiving a device. The forms will be collected at the time a device is issued.

Insurance Applications

Student iPad Insurance Application
Our school district is partnering with Worth Ave. Group to insure iPads used by our school's students, teachers and staff. Insurance will protect the iPad against: Accidental damage (drops/spills), theft, vandalism, fire, flood, natural disasters and power surge due to lightening strikes. This policy will provide replacement cost coverage and protect the iPad worldwide (on and off school grounds). To view the application, click HERE.

Bring Your Own Device

GATE

Ladera's GATE Program

The Gifted and Talented Education is a program of qualitatively differentiated instruction, consisting of a variety of curricular options, which respond to and nurture the needs, interests, and abilities of identified students. At Ladera Elementary School, GATE opportunities are provided in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Students are clustered in classrooms with teachers who are specially trained to meet the needs of GATE children. Instructional strategies focus on teaching depth and complexity. All students at every grade are ability-grouped for reading and math instruction. Teachers differentiate instruction for all students.


To learn more about GATE in the Tustin Unified School District contact the GATE office at TUSD at (714)730-7301 ext. 334. or the district website. You can also learn more about GATE on the California Association for the Gifted website (www.cagifted.org).

Ladera GATE Parent Presentation

TUSD GATE Program Overview

The District program for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) has several strands. They include GATE classes and cluster grouping in the elementary schools and honors classes in the secondary schools. The program varies by school and level. The program serves students with exceptional intellectual and academic abilities. School and individual plans are developed annually to meet program objectives and specific needs.

For more information:
  • Click HERE
  • Call the District GATE Coordinator, Sharon Maeda, at 714.730.7301, ext. 387
  • Click HERE to email Sharon Maeda
To download the District GATE brochure, click HERE

STEAM

Makerspace Donations Needed

Steam


Dear Ladera Leopard Families,

We are excited for our second year exploring the STEAM Lab and Makerspace here at Ladera. We are continuing to gather household materials for use in our Makerspace. These materials will be used to engage students in learning experiences that allow them to build, create, design, and make real life connections. These are items you may have lying around the house, taking up space, or that you might consider saving up as you come across them.

If you are able, we would be so appreciative of any donation that you are willing to provide. The following items will help get our lab up and running:

  • Decks of playing cards
  • Buttons
  • Card board tubes (toilet paper, paper towel rolls)
  • Cardboard (cereal boxes, tissue boxes, etc.)
  • Tinfoil
  • Toothpicks
  • Empty water bottles
  • Marbles
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Hot glue gun sticks

If you have any of these items that you are willing to donate, please drop off the items in the front office. We appreciate all that you do each day to support Ladera Elementary, and we thank you for your support of our new lab!

Sincerely,

Ladera STEAM Leadership Team