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Pleasanton school board talking new student assessment model

Original post made on Feb 13, 2018

The Pleasanton school board is set to discuss a new student assessment model to be possibly implemented in local schools Tuesday night.

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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 13, 2018 at 11:16 am

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Sigh, I hate to be the one to kick this one off.

But where in the world did they come up with a name like “Response to Instruction and Intervention”? Such bureaucratic speak really does not give me much confidence that they take this seriously.

Assessment is hard. The tests are unfair and poorly supported through research. The decisions are still capricious. The system is still slow to identify and correct errors when they have misplaced students.

I’d like to feel a little bit of confidence that the district is really trying to do better. But the staff report and the naming hadn’t given me that feeling.

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Posted by Instructional coaches going away
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2018 at 11:45 am

Ahmadi eliminated interventions like Barton reading and reading specialists.

I'm not sure that the terminology is correct because didn't Pleasanton eliminate interventions like Reading Specialists and replace them literacy coaches whose job was to coach the teacher into working harder and teaching better?

So are these Ahmadi failures - the so-called literacy coaches - going to disappear --- "The board will consider approving a resolution to eliminate 14 literacy coach positions in the district. The eliminations would not impact the budget, according to staff, because the employees would continue working for Pleasanton Unified in different positions."

Are the literacy "instructional coach" positions going away and are they going to be replaced by Reading Specialists who pull students out in small groups to conduct real intervention?

And when will the entire class time and staggered start/end times going to end?

And isn't it time to eliminate math instructional coaches and have real math intervention like small group pull outs or push ins to help children behind in math?

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 13, 2018 at 8:15 pm

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How about establishing an order of performance instead of seniority for staff reduction considerations. Performance should dictate staying.....staying should not dictate staying.

Try to pass a tax when you’re considering asinine resolutions like that one.

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Posted by Teacher
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 18, 2018 at 8:36 pm

I currently work in a district that has had MAP for several years and I do NOT recommend it! It does nothing to decrease teacher work load and is not an accurate representation of student levels. This is a computer based test that our students start taking in kindergarten! They don’t even understand some of the questions and click randomly. I previously taught fourth grade and it was just as bad. Students don’t take it seriously and skew the data. The level of questioning adjusts based on how the student does on the previous question but it doesn’t elemenate other tests that teachers give that gives a more clear representation. I hope for the sake of students and teachers, Pleasanton does not adapt this program!!!

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Posted by Bad Idea
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 19, 2018 at 7:37 pm

I wish parents who put as much energy question this move as the math pathways debate. This is another terrible idea. PUSD made a HUGE mistake years ago when they let go of Reading Specialists. PUSD had mandated testing, OARS, for years; it was horrible and useless. The new reading programs and CAASP were to replace OARS, yet here comes another "disjointed" assessment. There were no public meetings nor were all teachers involved in this decision. Our students don't need 6 more assessments on top of the assessments their teacher give. This is K-12!!

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Posted by More Assessment?
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 27, 2018 at 10:18 pm

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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 28, 2018 at 8:41 am

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Wasn’t Common Core supposed to be the end all be all?


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Posted by Sammy
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 2, 2018 at 8:04 pm

I hope this doesn’t come across as trolling. When will we have teacher assessment ? Cupertino (where I had my kid going to piblic elementary school) let us do survey every year where we evaluated teacher at end of the year.

In the first year of survey, it so happened that the teacher happened to be amazing in terms of focus on education that survey helped her getting permanent job.

When parents are not happy about sloppy teacher, dont we want the Principal to know?

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Posted by Ptown Mom
a resident of Avignon
on Mar 3, 2018 at 3:33 pm

Seattle ran this company out of their district. I don't know why our superintendent thinks we need this in Pleasanton. The majority of our students do well. Is this to help the students who are not? I can't see how this will help my kid. It looks expensive.
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