Academics

AVID at Leona Valley

S.M.A.R.T Goals with Mrs. Stecker

"Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Time Based" SMART Goals

Each morning in Mrs. Stecker's class, student's start their day by defining and reflecting on their personal AVID SMART goals.

A SMART goal is defined as one that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. Students choose a goal to work on based on their individual needs. Students use self-regulation to determine whether or not they have met the academic, social, or behavioral goals they have set for themselves. Every morning students reflect, adjust or create new goals if needed, and then we share.

SMART goals allow students to not only focus on where they are strong, but where they can improve. They build self-esteem and awareness and encourage every student to feel comfortable as everyone has something to work towards.

Check out this awesome student's reflection of growth!

 

Academic Performance


State Priority: Pupil Achievement

The SARC provides the following information relevant to the State priority: Pupil Achievement (Priority 4):

  • Statewide assessments (i.e., California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress [CAASPP], Science California Standards Tests); and
  • The percentage of pupils who have successfully completed courses that satisfy the requirements for entrance to the University of California and the California State University, or career technical education sequences or programs of study
  • California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Results for All Students (School Year 2017-18)

     

    Subject Percent of Students Meeting or Exceeding the State Standards (grades 3-8 and 11)
    School District State
    English Language Arts/Literacy 62 47 48
    Mathematics 39 32 37

    Note: Percentages are not calculated when the number of students tested is ten or less, either because the number of students in this category is too small for statistical accuracy or to protect student privacy.

     

     

    Data Quest

    DataQuest is an online data tool located on the CDE DataQuest Web page at http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/ that contains additional information about this school and comparisons of the school to the district, the county, and the state. Specifically, DataQuest is a dynamic system that provides reports for accountability (e.g., test data, enrollment, high school graduates, dropouts, course enrollments, staffing, and data regarding English learners.

    Internet Access

    Internet access is available at public libraries and other locations that are publicly accessible (e.g., the California State Library). Access to the Internet at libraries and public locations is generally provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Other use restrictions may include the hours of operation, the length of time that a workstation may be used (depending on availability), the types of software programs available on a workstation, and the ability to print documents.

    CA Curriculum Frameworks and Content Standards

    Curriculum & Instruction

    Information for improving student academic achievement of content standards by communicating policy and expectations and supporting districts by providing instructional guidance.

    Textbooks & Instructional Materials

    Quality, Currency, Availability of Textbooks and Instructional Materials

    Westside Union School District provides all students with textbooks and other instructional materials to support the district’s adopted curricular programs. Funding is provided by the state for the acquisition of textbooks and instructional materials that are aligned with State Board adopted content standards in Reading/Language Arts/English Language Development, Mathematics, History/Social Science, and Science.

    Core Curricular Area

    Textbook/Instructional Materials/Year of Adoption

    From Most Recent Adoption (yes/no)

    % of Students Lacking Own Copy

    Reading/Language Arts

    GR K-5, HMH Journeys

    GR 6-8, McGraw Hill, StudySync

    Yes

    Yes

    0

    Mathematics

    GR K-5, McGraw Hill, My Math

    GR 6-8, HMH Go Math

    Yes

    Yes

    0

    Social Studies/History

    GR K-5, Harcourt Reflections

    GR 6-8, McDougal Littell History

    Yes

    Yes

    0

    Science

    K-8 Accelerate Learning, STEMscopes, California

    No

    0

    Standards Based Grading

    We Believe in the Power of YET! Break the cycle of a fixed mindset and have a GROWTH mindset instead.

    Fixed Mindset: I don't get it.

    Growth Mindset: I don't get it...YET!

     

    4- Exceeding Standard

    3- Meets Standard

    2- Progressing Towards Standard

    1- Not Meeting Standard

    Gifted and Talented Education

    Westside GATE Program

    The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program at the elementary schools is designed to provide enrichment for identified GATE students in fourth through eighth grade through differentiated educational programs in the general education classroom. Teachers may differentiate the core curriculum through various means, including but not limited to flexible groupings, acceleration of content, tiered assignments, or learning centers. Middle school students attending Hillview or Joe Walker who have been identified as GATE are assigned to a GATE/Honors Language Arts period. Students in grades 7 and 8 at Anaverde Hills and Del Sur receive enrichment through differentiated instruction in the general education classroom. Once a student is identified as GATE in Westside, they do not need to requalify.

    GATE Placement

    Westside Union School District intends to seek out and identify gifted and talented students from varying linguistic, economic and cultural backgrounds. In accordance with California Ed Code, each school district sets its own criteria for entrance into the GATE program. Students previously identified as GATE in another district must meet Westside's qualification before being placed in the program.

    In WUSD there are two ways for a student to be identified for GATE.

    Grade 4 only: Students who demonstrate high achievement by scoring in the 97th percentile or above on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced, group administered measure of verbal and nonverbal school abilities (i.e., OLSAT) administered by the classroom teacher

    Grade 5 and above: Students who score for two current consecutive years at highly advanced levels (Standard Exceeded) in both English-Language Arts (ELA)/reading and mathematics on the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

    Beginning this year all Westside Union School District fourth grade students will be tested on the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) to determine eligibility for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE). The OLSAT is a nationally standardized, norm referenced, group administered on-line assessment comprised of both verbal and nonverbal questions, used specifically to measure abilities related to success in school, testing critical thinking and reasoning skills. It is an achievement test not an IQ test. The OLSAT is intended to test memory, speed of thought and ability to see relationships and patterns. It is based off of two theories: Vernon's hierarchical theory of intelligence and Guilford's structure of intelligence. Students may not take it twice; therefore, reassessment requests will not be available.

    This assessment supports the District's LCAP goal to address the disproportionate number of underrepresented student populations in GATE and meets our school board's directive to identify students who may be overlooked in our current process. Due to assessment norms, no accommodations or modifications will be allowed.