Supt's eNews - September 27, 2019


Mountain View Whisman School District
September 27, 2019
In this edition ...
  • MVWSD test scores continue to rise: Preliminary CAASPP data
  • October is safety month in MVWSD

MVWSD test scores continue to rise: Preliminary CAASPP data

While county, state and neighboring districts’ test scores have remained flat in past years, MVWSD has shown steady gains in many areas of student academic performance. Again this year, recent preliminary statewide test results of the 2019 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for our district show gains in many areas. State- and county-wide comparisons will be available in a few weeks.

Highlights: Results since 2015
* The District increased 11% over the last five years in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards districtwide in English language arts
* The District increased 10% over the last five years in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards districtwide in math

Language Arts
MVWSD gained three percentage points in English language arts over last year. All grade levels and schools improved English language arts scores.

All subgroups (including English learners, socio-economically disadvantaged, Hispanic and students with disabilities), with the exception of white students, demonstrated gains in the English language arts over last year.

What’s working:
* Intentional focus and coaching for English language arts instruction and pacing at the middle schools
* Specific focus on students recently reclassified as English language proficient
* A targeted, data-driven instructional focus for all students in language arts during RTI time
* Targeted SIOP strategies

Although there’s been a 10-percentage point increase in math scores over five years, math scores over last year were flat. Significant gains were seen in fifth grade (5 percentage points)

What’s working:
There was intentional math focus and coaching in fifth grade

Next steps
While these gains are evidence of the hard work on the part of teachers, coaches, staff and students, there is more to be done. Here are the next steps we’ll take to continue academic progress.
* New I-Ready assessments help teachers target instruction to support students, and the reports increase communication with parents about their students’ progress.
* Professional development is planned for teachers in SIOP and tailoring instruction to the needs of students. There will be special training in math for all instructional coaches and for schools that need additional support.
* Based on data, school site plans are being developed now to identify goals and plans for the coming year.

October is safety month in MVWSD

October is safety month in our district. During this month, our schools will practice safety drills (fire, dangerous intruder and earthquake), in an age appropriate manner. This practice is crucial for preparing us for potential crisis events. This month is an opportunity for staff and students to test our emergency response actions and make improvements.

We know some of these drills may be unsettling for parents and students. In these uncertain times, it is imperative that our students and staff members know what to do to keep themselves and others safe.

Please look for more information from your principal. For more information, resources and videos, please see

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