Dr. Maureen Latham
April 3, 2015
Dear Beaumont Unified School District families,
Beginning April 13, 2015, students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 will be experiencing the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests that have replaced the previous STAR testing program. These new assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. Importantly, these new tests are given online, which allow more robust types of questions – that can measure more complex standards – than a simple “fill in the bubble” test like STAR. Our teachers, administrators, and support staff have been working hard to implement these new standards in our district.
Last year, students participated in a “field test” of the new assessments. The field test was a “test of the test” to make sure the technology worked as expected, the teachers and students could access the test using the technology tools available, and the questions were aligned to the new standards. No student results from the field test were released to parents, teachers, or schools.
This year, you will receive a report of your child’s performance on the new CAASPP tests. Because these tests measure different standards in a completely different way, the results cannot be compared to the previous STAR tests. More information about how to interpret the new scores will be provided when the score reports are mailed home in late summer. The district will also hold parent information meetings on the new test results when students return to school in the fall.
Each school site will communicate their school-specific schedule to their families. As always, we encourage students to get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before coming to school. All Beaumont Unified students can receive a free breakfast at school – please refer to each school’s schedule for specific breakfast times.
If you would like to experience a sample of the new CAASPP test, I encourage you to log on to:
http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/ and click on the green box that says “Student Interface Practice and Training Tests.” The practice tests can be taken by anyone – parents, students, and other interested community members – to get information about the types of test questions that students will see in the different grades and subject areas.
Yours in Student Success,
Dr. Maureen E. Latham
Dr. Maureen E. Latham
Dr. Maureen E. Latham brings vision of 21st Century Learning to Beaumont as she is at the forefront of utilizing the new tools, formats and facilitation for today's learning. Beaumont Unified School District has impressive academic test scores reflecting student engagement, teacher preparation and motivation, and a goal-oriented administration team. Latham's leadership is truly driven by her passion for student learning.
She is a life-long career educator who believes ALL students are capable of learning at high levels and it is the responsibility and moral obligation of ALL educators to ensure student learning is the focus of their work. Her commitment to student learning is derived from her experience as a classroom teacher and administrator in K-12 public schools as well as her involvement with school safety, student equality and positive educational environment projects.
Our Superintendent is passionate, educated and motivated when it comes to our schools. Latham is committed to Beaumont, coming out of retirement to serve her endeared Beaumont once again. She participates in numerous local organizations in order to share with the community her passion of education. She brings with her several accolades from top level school review organizations. And, Latham is proud of the education she received at Webster University, Cal State San Bernardino and the University of Redlands, which she believes have all contributed to purpose in education focus and administrative leadership.
|English, Cynthia||(951) 845-1631 ex.5324||Administrative Assistant|
|Latham, Maureen||(951) 845-1631 ex.5324||District Superintendent|