Wednesday, May 4, 2016

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: San Diego Unified cuts testing to focus on student well-being and achievement

NEWS RELEASE                            

May 4, 2016

 

San Diego Unified cuts testing to focus on student well-being and achievement

 

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten today announced a significant reduction in the amount of high-stakes standardized testing at local schools. Instead, the former teacher and principal said the district will focus on providing classroom educators with more meaningful measures of student progress in real time. The dramatic changes are expected to improve student well-being and academic outcomes.

 

“The changes we are announcing today will improve the well-being and performance of our students by allowing teachers to teach and students to learn in an environment that values and supports them as individuals,” Marten said. She added the new testing system will help the district continue to provide students with project-based, collaborative learning in classroom settings customized to the needs of a diverse student population.

 

Effective the 2016-17 school year, the specific changes announced today will:

 

·         Stop the district-wide collection of interim assessment data and DRA test results, eliminating the need for teachers to waste valuable classroom time entering and uploading data for the central office.

 

·         Replace irrelevant district-wide data collection requirements with real time reporting on student progress for teachers to use when and where they need it to support student learning.

 

·         Empower teachers to analyze student learning results, and revise lessons to meet individual student needs.

 

·         Support local schools as they develop common formative assessment plans, identifying relevant measures that give insight and critical information about how students are developing in literacy and mathematics.

 

“We want to give classroom teachers and neighborhood schools the tools they need to measure the progress of our children in ways that reflect the unique needs of every student. That is how we will keep our commitment to maintain quality schools in every neighborhood,” said Marten.

 

San Diego Unified has a history of national leadership on the issue of student testing under Superintendent Marten, having previously reduced the number of interim assessment tests by 33 percent (from 3 to 2) and increased the age at which testing starts -- Second Grade instead of First.

 

“Our experience has shown that student outcomes improve when district officials release their control over assessments and encourage schools to select assessments aligned with a framework for learning, relying on principals, teachers and area superintendents to work in partnership, as they receive the necessary support from the central office,” said Marten.

 

A major factor behind the changes announced today was the recent study showing the overuse of standardized testing is harmful to area students, according to some 90% of San Diego’s teachers. The study was conducted by the San Diego Education Association.

 

“We are pleased San Diego Unified has decided to put the interests of our students first and moved to reduce high-stakes standardized testing, which we know from our research is contrary to students’ well-being,” said Lindsay Burningham, president of the San Diego Education Association. “A true reflection of student achievement and improvement is always done through multiple measures and can never focus on just one test score.”

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: Superintendent Cindy Marten announces significant cuts to high-stakes testing

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release
May 4, 2016
Contact: Linda Zintz, communications director, 619-847-6637 or lzintz@sandi.net<mailto:lzintz@sandi.net>


Superintendent Cindy Marten announces significant cuts to high-stakes testing
Educators will focus on improving student well-being and achievement


WHAT: San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten is holding a press conference to announce her plan to significantly reduce the amount of high-stakes standardized testing at our local schools. Instead, the district will focus on providing classroom educators with more meaningful measures of student progress in real time. The dramatic changes are expected to improve student well-being and academic outcomes.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
11 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Eugene Brucker Education Center auditorium, 4100 Normal Street, San Diego (92103)

WHO: Superintendent Cindy Marten

DETAILS: San Diego Unified has a history of national leadership on the issue of student testing under Superintendent Marten, having previously reduced the number of interim assessment tests by 33% (from 3 to 2) and increased the age at which testing starts -- Second Grade instead of First. A major factor behind the changes is the recent study showing the overuse of standardized testing is harmful to area students, according to some 90% of San Diego's teachers. The study was conducted by the San Diego Education Association. The district will implement the following changes, effective in the 2016-17 school year:


* Stop the district-wide collection of interim assessment data and DRA test results, eliminating the need for teachers to waste valuable classroom time entering and uploading data for the central office.


* Replace irrelevant district-wide data collection requirements with real time reporting on student progress for teachers to use when and where they need it to support student learning.


* Empower teachers to analyze student learning results, and revise lessons to meet individual student needs.


· Support local schools as they develop common formative assessment plans, identifying relevant measures that give insight and critical information about how students are developing in literacy and mathematics.

Contact: Linda Zintz at 619-847-6637 or lzintz@sandi.net<mailto:lzintz@sandi.net> .

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Monday, May 2, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District: San Diego Unified 2016 Day of the Teacher Celebration

MEDIA ADVISORY

May 2, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Linda Zintz, communications director, 619-847-6637 or lzintz@sandi.net

 

San Diego Unified 2016 Day of the Teacher Celebration

Hundreds expected to attend the annual celebration in honor of National Teacher Day

 

WHAT: The Day of the Teacher event honors the three outstanding educators who have been named San Diego Unified 2016 Teachers of the Year at the elementary, middle and high school level. The three Teacher of the Year runners-up and more than 120 Teachers of the Year from individual school sites will also be recognized.

 

WHEN:  May 3, 2016,  4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Reception, 5:15 to 7 p.m. Day of the Teacher Special Board of Education Celebration

 

WHERE: Creative Performing Media Arts Middle School, Performing Arts Center, 5050 Conrad Drive (92117); http://www.sandiegounified.org/cpma

 

ATTENDEES INCLUDE: Superintendent Cindy Marten, Board of Education members, district leadership, school administrators, families and friends of teachers being recognized, and student performers from CPMA Middle School and Hoover High School.

 

VISUALS: District’s three Teachers of the Year being honored with video tributes, three runner-ups receiving special recognition and site teachers of the year being recognized. Attendance is usually between 300-350 people. Students are performing during the ceremony. Culinary students from Garfield, Morse and San Diego high schools are prepping and serving food during the reception. CPMA’s Jazz Ensemble is providing the music.

 

DETAILS: Nominees for Teacher of the Year are first selected by their school sites. They then have the option to go through the application process, which includes writing essays, an interview and a classroom observation. These candidates are selected by a seven-member committee made up of district Teachers of the Year from the two previous years. All district winners have the option to apply for the county-wide award program. This year’s winners are Julie Szweda, itinerant music teacher who serves Balboa, Boone, Burbank, Normal Heights and Rosa Parks elementary schools, Tara Jean , from Correia Middle School (math/AVID) and Jonathan Hash (History) from Lincoln High School.  Runners-up are Allison Buell (Kindergarten) from Central Elementary School, Ebonee Weathers (6th-grade ELA, Science, History) from Mann Middle School and Jennifer Roberts (9th-grade English) from Point Loma High School.

In addition to the Teachers of the Year, there is a reception before the special Board of Education meeting, starting at 4:30 p.m. Students from San Diego Unified's award-winning culinary arts programs at Garfield, Morse  and San Diego high schools are prepping and serving appetizers and desserts. The Jazz Ensemble from CPMA is providing the music.

 

SPONSORS: AXA Advisors San Diego, The Standard, California Coast Credit Union, California Schools VEBA, eLiveLife.com, Mission Federal Credit Union , San Diego Education Association, San Diego Education Fun, San Diego Unified’s Community Service Association and VALIC

 

CONTACT: Linda Zintz | Communications Director | lzintz@sandi.net | 619-847-6637

 

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Friday, April 29, 2016

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·         Special Meeting Agenda—Day of the Teacher—Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 5:15 p.m., Creative Performing Media Arts (CPMA)
BoardDocs Agenda Link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sandi/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9YLRDR6D3411        

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·         ACUESP: https://www.sandiegounified.org/acuesp-2015-16-meeting-schedule-and-information.

·         Audit and Finance: https://www.sandiegounified.org/audit-and-finance-committee

·         CAC: General Membershiphttps://www.sandiegounified.org/cac-2015-16-general-meeting-schedule-and-information; and Executive Boardhttps://www.sandiegounified.org/cac-2015-16-executive-meeting-schedule-and-information 

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·         DELAC: General Membership and Executive Boardhttps://www.sandiegounified.org/delac-2015-16-meeting-schedule-and-information  

·         ICOC: https://www.sandiegounified.org/icoc-meeting  

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MEDIA ADVISORY -- Media Calendar from the San Diego Unified School District, April 29, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Media Calendar from the San Diego Unified School District, April 29, 2016

Your coverage is invited of any of the following upcoming events on the campuses of the San Diego Unified School District. For more items, check out the calendar on the front of the district website at www.sandiegounified.org.

Please note that if items are listed as "not open to the public" or "open to families," accredited members of the media are invited, but the general public is not. These are usually items during the school day on the school campus.

For a calendar of noticed public meetings, as well as links to agenda items and other information, go to www.sandiegounified.org/board-meeting-information. Those meetings might not be included in this listing.

MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Zintz, Communications Director, (619) 725-5578, lzintz@sandi.net.

* -- New item this week.

APRIL

30 -- Mission Bay High Music Jazz on the Green, noon to 3 p.m., Mission Bay High School, 2475 Grand Ave, San Diego CA 92109. The nationally renowned Mission Bay High School Music Program will hold its sixth annual Jazz on the Green outdoor music festival, which includes food from Tacos El Unico, Salsa dancing, and activities for the entire family. The featured guest artist this year is Grammy Award-Winning conguero, percussionist and educator Javier Cabanillas. Media contact: J.P. Balmat, mbbandboosters@gmail.com, 858-273-1313 x113, missionbaymusic.com. Open to the public.

MAY

1 -- Muirlands Rocks, 2-5 p.m., Muirlands Middle School, 1056 Nautilus Street, La Jolla, CA 92037. Fundraiser features student performances, games and activities, food and prizes. Proceeds benefit the Muirlands Middle School Foundation. Contact: Muirlands Middle School Foundation, 858-459-4211. Open to the public.

* 2 -- Hoover Cluster meeting, 4 p.m., Hoover High School library, 3373 El Cajon Blvd. (92115) Discussion and community dialogue with school staff, parents and community members in the Hoover High School area: Adams, Central, Cherokee Point, Edison, Franklin, Hamilton, Joyner, Normal Heights, Parks and Rowan elementary schools; Clark and Wilson middle schools; Hoover High School. Contact: Tia Anzellotti, tanzellotti@uwsd.org. Open to the public.

* 2 -- Pt. Loma Cluster Schools Foundation meeting, 4:30 p.m., Correia Middle School library, 4302 Valeta Street (92107). Discussion and community dialogue with school staff, parents and community members in the Pt. Loma High School area: Cabrillo, Dewey, Loma Portal, Ocean Beach, Silver Gate, Sunset View elementary schools; Correia and Dana middle schools; Pt. Loma High School. Contact: Suzy Reid, President, suzyreid33@gmail.com. Open to the public.

* 2 -- Serra High School Cluster Council, 4:30 p.m., Serra High School, 5156 Santo Road (92124). Discussion and community dialogue with school staff, parents and community members in the Serra High School area: Hancock, Kumeyaay, Miller, Tierrasanta and Vista Grande elementary schools; De Portola and Farb middle schools; Serra High School. Contact: Maria Montgomery, Principal, Kumeyaay Elementary School, mmontgomery@sandi.net. Open to the public.

3 -- Day of the Teacher Celebration, 4:30 p.m., Creative Performing Media Arts Middle School Performing Arts Center, 5050 Conrad Ave., San Diego, CA 92117. Event honors the teaching profession. At the ceremony, all site Teacher of the Year honorees, Teacher of the Year candidates and district Teacher of the Year winners and runners-up will be recognized, along with Future Educator Scholars, and Mashin and STEM Scholarship recipients (selected by the San Diego Education Fund). Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez, District Communications, jcornelius@sandi.net. Open to the public.

* 5 -- Mission Bay Cluster of Pacific Beach Schools meeting, 6 p.m., Sessions Elementary School, 2150 Beryl St., San Diego, CA 92109. Discussion and community dialogue with school staff, parents and community members in the Mission Bay High School area: Barnard, Crown Point, Pacific Beach and Sessions elementary schools; Pacific Beach Middle School; Mission Bay High School. Contact: Jennifer Tandy, missionbaycluster@gmail.com. Open to the public.

6 -- Deadline for submission of PrimeTime applications for 2016-17 school year. The program offers income-eligible families the opportunity for before- and after-school care. More information for public: http://www.sandiegounified.org/primetime Media-only contact: Linda Zintz, Communications Department, 619-725-5578.

6-- Taste of the Triangle, 7 to 10:30 p.m., UCSD Faculty Club, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla (92093). Annual fundraiser by the EdUCate foundation, which includes unlimited taste-testing from 16 different local restaurants. All proceeds benefit the public schools in University City. Contact EdUCate, at 858-677-0989 or information@uc-educate.org.

* 9 -- Crawford High Cluster Committee Meeting, 5 p.m., Fay Elementary, 4080 52nd Street (92105). Discussion and community dialogue with parents and community members in the Crawford High School area: Carver, Clay, Euclid, Fay, Ibarra, Marshall, Oak Park, Rolando Park elementary schools; Mann Middle School; and Crawford High School. Open to the public.

* 9 -- Madison Community of Schools meeting, 5 p.m., Madison High School Room 101, 4833 Dolvia Drive (92117). Discussion and community dialogue with school staff, parents and community members in the Madison High School area: Field, Hawthorne, Lafayette, Lindbergh/Schweitzer, Sequoia and Whitman elementary schools; CPMA and Innovation middle schools; Mt. Everest Academy; Muir K-12; Madison High School. Contacts: Richard Nash, Principal, Madison High School, rnash@sandi.net; Michael Snyder, Community Member, michaelsnyderfinancial@yahoo.com. Open to the public.

* 9 -- San Diego High School Cluster Meeting, 5:30 p.m., San Diego High School library, 1405 Park Boulevard (92101). Discussion and community dialogue with school staff, parents and community members in the San Diego High School area: Birney, Burbank, Emerson/Bandini, Florence, Jefferson, Kimbrough, McKinley, Rodriguez, Sherman and Washington elementary schools; Golden Hill, Grant, Language Academy, Logan, Perkins K-8; Memorial Prep and Roosevelt middle schools; San Diego High School. Contact: David Crum, Principal, Washington Elementary School, dcrum@sandi.net. Open to the public.

* 11 -- Morse High Cluster Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Zamorano Fine Arts Academy, 2655 Casey Street (92139). Discussion and community dialogue with school staff, parents and community members in the Morse High School area: Boone, Freese, Lee, Paradise Hills, Penn, and Perry elementary schools; Audubon, Bethune and Fulton K-8; Audubon and Fulton K-8; Bell Middle School; San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts 6-12; Morse High School. Contact: JoAnn Fields, Chairperson, morsecluster@sandi.net. Open to the public.

* 12 -- Kearny High Cluster Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Kearny High Complex Room 301, 1954 Komet Way (92111). Parents, students and community members are invited to attend this meeting, which discusses educational issues at the high school and its middle and elementary schools. Schools in the Kearny cluster are: Angier, Carson, Chesterton, Cubberley, Fletcher, Jones, Juarez, Linda Vista, Ross, and Wegeforth elementary schools; Montgomery and Taft middle schools; and Kearny High. Contact: Andrew Gergurich, co-chair, agergurich@sandi.net. Open to the public.

13 -- Rhapsody on the Point, 7 p.m., Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego CA 92106. Ninth annual highlight of the year for the Pt. Loma High School music program, with a classical music program performed by Pt. Loma HIgh musicians. More information: https://www.sites.google.com/site/rhapsodyonthepoint/ Media contact: Hans Becker, Principal, Pt. Loma High School, 619-223-3121. Open to the public.

17 -- Classified Employee of the Year Celebration, 4:15 p.m., Kearny High School Auditorium, 1954 Komet Way, San Diego, CA 92111. This event recognizes the invaluable efforts of the district's classified employees who work every day to create and sustain a healthy school environment for all students. All site and department honorees, as well as the district's 2016 Classified Employee of the Year winner and runner-up, will be recognized. Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez, District Communications, jcornelius@sandi.net. Open to the public.

* 18 -- Scripps Ranch Schools Committee, 4:30 p.m., Marshall Middle School, 9700 Avenue of Nations, San Diego, CA 92131. Discussion and community dialogue with school staff, parents and community members in the Scripps Ranch High School area: Dingeman, Jerabek, Miramar Ranch, Ellen Browning Scripps elementary schools; Thurgood Marshall Middle School; Scripps Ranch High School. Open to the public. Contact: Luis Fregoso, luis@fregoso.co. Open to the public.

* 19 -- Clairemont Community of Schools meeting, Clairemont High School, 4150 Ute. Drive (92117). Discussion and community dialogue with parents, students, staff and community members in the Clairemont High School area, including middle and elementary schools that feed into Clairemont High. Contacts: Dr. Jennifer Roberson, Principal, Clairemont High School, co-chairperson, jroberson@sandi.net; Julee Jenkins, parent, co-chairperson, julee.jenkins@gmail.com. Open to the public.

* 19 -- La Jolla Cluster Association, 4:15 p.m., Muirlands Middle School Library, 1056 Nautilus Street (92037). Discussion and community dialogue with school staff, parents and community members in the La Jolla High School area: Bird Rock, La Jolla and Torrey Pines elementary schools; Muirlands Middle School; and La Jolla High School. Contact: Donna Tripi, dtripi@sandi.net. Open to the public.

* 23 -- University City Cluster Committee meeting, 4:30 p.m., Doyle Elementary School, 3950 Berino Court, San Diego, CA 92122. Discussion and community dialogue with school staff, parents and community members in the University City High School area: Curie, Doyle, Spreckels elementary schools; Standley Middle School; University High School. Contact: info@uccluster.com. Open to the public.

25 -- Salute to Excellence, 4:30 p.m., SeaWorld Nautilus Pavilion, 500 Sea World Dr. , San Diego, CA 92109. This event honors the top 1 percent of graduating seniors. Contact: Stacey Seiders, sseiders@sandi.net. Open to the public.

27 -- Non-Instructional Day. All schools closed; offices open.

* 29 -- Memorial Day, all schools and offices closed.

JUNE

* 1 -- Crawford High Benefit Featuring David Geist and Hannah Kornfeld, 7 p.m., auditorium, Crawford High School, 4191 Colts Way, San Diego, CA 92115. The Crawford High foundation is sponsoring a concert by pianist Geist, a 1980 Crawford graduate, and his daughter, Kornfeld, an actress, singer and dancer. Tickets: $27.37. More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crawford-high-benefit-concert-featuring-david-geist-hannah-kornfeld-tickets-24753880523 Open to the public.

* 14 -- Last day of school, traditional calendar.

JULY

* 4 -- Independence Day, all schools and offices closed.

21 -- Last day of school, year-round calendar.

AUGUST

* 29 -- First day of school, all calendars.



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