Poway Unified School District

Superintendent ~ Poway Unified School District

15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128

SUPERINTENDENT, John P. Collins, Ed.D. 
(858) 521-2700 FAX (858) 485-1075

Tina McDowell, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
(858) 521-2700    FAX (858) 485-1075


PUSD Report “Poway Research Paper Final”

Hanover Executive Summary

Overall Parent Perception Data K-12

Formal Response to DAC – DELAC

June 5, 2015

Dear PUSD Families,

The following message from San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, Randy Ward describes changes in how a school’s Academic Performance Index (API) is now being calculated.

The API is a primary component of the state’s school accountability system. Our District has valued the results from the API as they provide a growth measure each year on the increases in our student performance. PUSD has seen growth in this measure since its inception in 1999. As state assessments are changing, we are looking forward to a new API system that will provide a more comprehensive approach to measuring academics and career readiness.

Please check back in the coming weeks for information on when you will receive the results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment for students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 as well as the state science tests for students in grades 5, 8 and 10. We will be sharing several resources to help you understand how to interpret the test results that we expect to be mailed in late August or early September.

John P. Collins

What Happened to the API Scores?

Parents may have noticed that they haven't seen any Academic Performance Index, or API, results for a couple of years.

Those calculations have been suspended across the state until next year, as part of the adjustment to a new set of academic standards in English language arts and mathematics and the development of a new assessment system.

The API results aren't expected to return until at least 2016, and they won't look the same as they have in the past.

California Education Code now requires the calculation of the API to be based on multiple measures and not only on annual assessments.

According to the law, no more than 60 percent of API can be based on assessment results. The remaining 40 percent needs to be based on other college and career indicators, including college entrance exams, accelerated coursework, attendance, early indicators of college readiness, innovative measures, course taking behaviors, and career preparedness.

Students across the state are taking the new assessments this spring. They are aligned with our new state standards, which were designed to encourage critical thinking, analytical writing, and real-world problem solving. These are skills students will need to be successful in college and career.

Parents will receive their children's results based on these assessments, even though the API won't be calculated this year.

The new assessments are an improvement over previous ones in many ways. There are fewer multiple-choice questions and more short answers and extended responses that will require a deeper understanding of key concepts. The computer-based testing includes embedded supports that will give students the opportunity to fully demonstrate their knowledge and mastery of the state standards.

The new content standards set higher expectations for students and the new assessments are designed to measure student performance against those higher standards, raising the bar for all students. The new assessments are fundamentally too different from the old exams to make reliable comparisons between old scores and new ones. Rather, this year's results will establish a baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time.

For more information about the assessments, visit the San Diego County Office of Education's Common Core website or the California Department of Education's CAASPP website.

May 21, 2015

Dear PUSD Family,

To support the District’s goal of strong communication systems that create collective engagement among all stakeholders, we launched a Parent Perception Survey in March, 2015 asking for your feedback on a range of critical, site-level issues such as academic preparedness, safety and well-being, and home/school communication.

Over 8,700 parents participated in the survey, a response rate of 23%. This level of participation demonstrates your willingness to engage in important conversations that inform our strategic goals and planning.

Overall, survey results are very positive. (To review the collective responses, please see the document attached to this communication.) The vast majority of respondents believe that their child’s school maintains high academic expectations (94%) and that their child is safe at school (95%). In addition, most participants report that their child is excited about learning at school (90%) and clearly understands what he/she needs to learn (81%). Finally, a large majority of respondents believe that their child’s school is effectively preparing him/her for college and career (82%).

The survey also found that many parents are engaged in their child’s learning process, with 95% feeling encouraged to participate in school activities, 86% feeling like a valued partner in their child’s education, and 86% agreeing that district schools and the community work together to support learning.

While these survey results are positive, they also point out opportunities to improve our school program. Responsiveness to parent concerns, a more balanced approach to homework assignments, and encouraging supportive interactions amongst our students are some of the areas identified for improvement.

These survey results are one of several key components used to design and update our District’s 2015-16 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

We are pleased and grateful for the thoughtful community input we have received through this survey, our community forums, student surveys, and staff input.

John P. Collins




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Dec 12, 014

Dear Students, Staff, Families and Community Members,

I received this video greeting from Imagine Learning, a language and literacy software program, and wanted to share it with you. 

The video celebrates the importance of the work each and every one of you does to encourage PUSD students to dream, imagine and be their very best.

Thank you for your commitment to our students and our community.  I wish all of you a joyful holiday season!

John P. Collins


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John P. Collins, Ed.D. 

(858) 521-2700 FAX (858) 485-1075

Tina McDowell
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
(858) 521-2700    FAX (858) 485-1075

Rich Newman, Ed.D.
Director of Innovation, Office of Innovation
(858) 521-2737

Jessica Wakefield
Director of Communications
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Wendy Anderson
Executive Assistant to the Board
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