TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS (TCOB) DAY

We have scheduled our annual “Taking Care of Business Day” or TCOB Day on Thursday, August 6th `for incoming 7th graders from 8:00-11:00 am and for incoming 8th graders from 1:00‑4:00 pm.  Your student will take his/her ID picture and receive the ID card (required for checking out library books/textbooks and attending events), verify emergency form information, receive his/her class schedule and pick up his/her textbooks and be able to purchase PE cloths, agendas, ASB membership and Yearbook.  If your student is new to MLMS, you will enjoy the opportunity to walk around our campus and help find your student’s assigned classrooms.  The following schedule on August 6th is divided by last names for your convenience in order to avoid long lines:

7th graders                                                           8th graders              

A thru H                      8:00-9:00 am                     A thru H               1:00-2:00 pm

I thru P                      9:00-10:00 am                     I thru P                2:00-3:00 pm

Q thru Z                  10:00-11:00 am                     Q thru Z               3:00-4:00 pm

CAASPP – Student Scores to be mailed home after August 10, 2015

Information about CAASPP Individual Score Reports from the CDE website:

An academic check-up, tests are an important part of California’s plan for high-quality teaching and learning, which seeks to help all students graduate prepared for college-level coursework and a 21st-century career. Like class assignments and report cards, assessments are one gauge of student progress, providing information to schools, teachers, and parents about how students performed against California’s challenging new goals for learning.

During the summer, parents of students in grades 3–8 and 11 will be mailed individual student score reports for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These reports will include detailed information about their child’s performance on new, computer-based tests in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics, which replaced the former paper-based exams.

Students will receive an overall score for each subject, ranging from 2,000 to 3,000. Overall scores will be reported within one of four levels: standard not met, standard nearly met, standard met, and standard exceeded.

These new reports will also highlight students’ strengths in key areas for both ELA and mathematics. ELA results will include information about the students’ performance in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and research. Reports of mathematics results will include information about student’s performance in problem solving, using concepts and procedures, and in communicating mathematical reasoning. The student’s performance in these key area for each subject will be reported using the following three indicators: below standard, at or near standard, and above standard. 

For students in grade 11, individualized reports will also indicate their readiness for credit-bearing college-level work – and if further preparation is needed, what areas to focus on in their senior year. For many students, that’s the kind of information that could help make the dream of a college education come true.

For students in grades 5 and 8, individual reports also will include student scores from the California Standards Test for Science, a requirement of the federal government. California is in the process of developing a new state science assessment aligned with our recently adopted science standards. California may also develop new assessments in other subjects, including history social science aligned to state-adopted content standards.

Like the new learning goals they were designed to measure, the CAASPP tests in ELA and mathematics are too fundamentally different from the old exams to make any reliable comparisons between old scores and new. That’s why this year’s scores are better thought of as a starting point — a baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time.

Gradually, California is providing more support for teachers, more resources for students and more access to technology. Because this is the first year that students are taking these new tests, overall scores may be viewed as a basis from which to compare performance in future years.

Many if not most students will need to make significant progress to reach the standards set for math and ELA that accompany college and career readiness. No student, parent or teacher should be discouraged by scores, which will not be used to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade. Rather, the results can help guide discussions among parents and teachers, and help teachers and schools adjust instruction to meet student needs.

Understanding Your Child’s Score Report (English) (New Video; 3:38) Explains the new CAASPP Student Score Report for 2015.

Entendiendo el Reporte de Calificaciones Individual de CAASPP del Estudiante (New Video; 4:34) Este vídeo le ayudará a usted y a su hijo a aprender sobre el nuevo “Reporte de Calificaciones del Estudiante” de California y de los resultados de los exámenes estandarizados de fin de año.