April 16th, 2015
Sonora Elementary School will begin standardized testing for the State of California (CAASPP), starting on Monday, April 20th. The testing window is very wide, with particular grade levels testing at various days and times, through May 19th. A testing schedule is posted on our website.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment, completed online with our on-site technology, will quantify the students’ understanding of the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and mathematics. In addition, our 5th and 8th grade students will be taking the STAR Science, testing these students on the California Content Standards in Science. The science test is a paper-pencil test.
During the testing window, and specifically on the days your child is testing, we recommend your child get significant rest the night before and eat a solid breakfast the day of testing. We also encourage students to be present during their designated testing days. Again, please check our school website to find the days and times your child is testing.
More information can be found at the following websites:
This site has training and practice tests, including news and information about the assessment.
As part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), school districts, COEs, and charter schools are required to develop, adopt, and annually update a three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
The LCAP must focus on eight areas identified as California’s educational priorities as well as its own local priorities. The eight areas of specified state priorities are intended to encompass the key ingredients of high-quality educational programs. The plan must describe the overall vision for students, annual goals and strategic actions needed to achieve the goals. In formulating the plan, each school district/county office must engage parents, employees, educators and the community in developing these plans.
The Plan must demonstrate how the budget ensures alignment of projected spending and services to support the achievement of the goals. Each year the plan must provide data on how well the plan meets the overall goals and the goals for each numerically significant student subgroup.
The following is a timeline for LCAP approval:
April 15- The Site Council will be reviewing the Draft Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) at their next meeting .
May 14 - The revised plan will then be presented to the board for comments at the May 14 board meeting.
May 15-June 3 - A final draft will then be posted for public comment until the Special Board Meeting in June to approve the LCAP.
June 4- Public Hearing regarding the LCAP and District Budget
June 18 The Board approves the LCAP
The State requires the board to approve the LCAP before the regular budget meeting which is scheduled for June 18 where the district budget is approved by the board.
The Sonora School Board is seeking “Parent “ and “Community” representatives to serve a four-year term on the Citizens Oversight Committee. The purpose of the Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC) is to inform the public concerning the expenditures of bond revenues. The committee normally meets on a quarterly basis. An interested citizen would need to be a parent who has a child in the school or a person living in the Sonora Elementary attendance area. Please contact Leigh Shampain @ 532-5491 for further information.