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California Administrators' ESSA-Aligned Guide to Planning for the New School Year

California Administrators' ESSA-Aligned Guide to Planning for the New School Year

Planning for the new school year is top of mind for California district and school administrators. To support you in the planning process, we put together this blog which takes a closer look at California’s ESSA goals and provides you with curated list of our best resources.

Boost Common Core Standards Mastery and Achievement on CAASPP System Assessments

Over the next seven years, California hopes for grades 3-8 and grade 11 to reach the “high” status for ELA and math. This means that all students and student groups will have to achieve at least 10 points above the lowest possible scale score to reach Level 3.

Building foundational reading and math skills and increasing the number of students who perform above Level 3 (Standard Met) on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments is an ongoing challenge. The following resources and guides can help you take a fresh approach to your instructional programs or refine your current practices.

Formative Assessment Workbook

Frequent, standards-based formative assessments are a critical piece of effective data-driven instruction. Our formative assessment workbook provides a framework for implementing formative assessments throughout the lesson cycle. Its planning forms and data-tracking worksheets can be used across multiple subjects and grade levels.

Reading & Literacy

It’s a well-known fact that a strong foundation in literacy is key to future academic success in any subject. This workbook evaluates the many facets of structuring an effective, research-based reading and language arts block and helps you select the appropriate technology tools to support your approach.  

Blended Learning Workbook

Bring the best parts of online learning and traditional instruction together in a blended learning program. Blended learning programs come in many forms and enable scalable personalized learning. Use this workbook to get your district’s or school's blended learning program started.

Blog: 10 Creative Ways to Formatively Assess Your Students

Read through this fun, gif-filled blog for some fresh ideas for ways you could assess your students!

Address Achievement Gaps and Support English Learners and Special Education Students

One in four California students is an English learner, and one in nine students is in special education. The following resources will help you strategize meeting the needs of your ELL and other special population students with those ESSA goals top of mind.

Special Populations Program Planning Worksheet

Use this worksheet to plan programs to address the needs of special populations of students.

Personalized Learning Workbook

Personalized learning allows educators to meet the varying needs of all learners, improving learning outcomes. This workbook takes the guesswork out of personalized learning by providing a step-by-step plan from development to implementation.

ELL Blog Collection

This collection of blog posts addresses topics like back-to-school strategies to support ELLs, ways to prepare ELLs for high-stakes assessments, and more. 

Special Education Blog Collection

This collection of blog posts addresses topics like dyslexia, ways to navigate IEP meetings, ADHD, and trends in special education.

Support Graduation Rates

California has raised the bar for graduation expectations by setting a long-term goal of 90% of students graduating from high school by 2025. According to the California ESSA State Plan, only 64% of schools would meet or exceed this goal right now, so there is still some work to be done! Make sure that your school has a credit recovery program in place so that all students who fall behind can catch up and graduate on time.  

Credit Recovery Worksheet

Our credit recovery sheet will show you how to set up a new program or enhance your current credit recovery offering.

Ensure College and Career Readiness

California strives to provide students with a variety of ways to develop and demonstrate their readiness for college and careers through the College/Career Indicator (CCI). Check out this College/Career and Graduation Rate Indicator PDF (start on page 67) for more detailed information on what students can do to show they are prepared. ­­­

The following resources will help you open the door to several options to support this goal.

CTE Planning Workbook

Use our CTE workbook to plan a new program or utilize it as a guide to augment your current one. CTE programs have been shown to increase engagement, improve outcomes for enrolled students, and support attainment of in-demand credentials.

Online Curriculum

Online curriculum can open up a world of college- and career-focused courses to students that their schools may not otherwise be able to offer, including Advanced Placement®, CTE, financial literacy, and SAT® and ACT® assessment preparation. Our online curriculum guide discusses several different ways that online curriculum can be used, and it even includes a worksheet to guide the process of identifying a provider that meets your needs.

Virtual Learning

A virtual implementation may help your school or district offer more flexible and expansive course options to serve populations in need. Use this workbook to evaluate if a virtual implementation is the best option for your school and get guidance on developing a program and selecting a digital provider.

Looking for online programs to help your school or district improve outcomes for all students? Check out Edmentum's suite of K–12 evidence-based assessments and digital curriculum, and see why over 8,000 districts in the nation partner with us.

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Alexis graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She started working as a Marketing Associate for Edmentum in March 2018 and aspires to provide educators and students with resources that will make a difference in their day-to-day lives.

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