Dear Shasta County Residents,
I am excited to share with you the 2016 Report to the Community. This report provides an overview of the programs and services offered by the Shasta County Office of Education and the progress of our local schools.
School districts throughout the state and in Shasta County are in our second year of a new funding formula, new state standards and assessments, and a new accountability system on the way for 2016-17. Schools are funded through a new system titled the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). For school districts and charter schools, the LCFF creates base, supplemental, and concentration grants in place of most previously existing K–12 funding streams, including revenue limits and most state categorical programs. For county offices of education (COEs), the LCFF creates separate funding streams for oversight activities and instructional programs. The funding eliminates previous categorical funding streams that came with strings attached and is intended to allow districts the flexibility to spend the monies where they deem appropriate. Although two of the funding streams titled concentration and supplemental grants are tied to students who receive free and/or reduced lunch, are foster youth, or are English language learners.
Additionally, California schools continue to transition to new state standards which provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real-world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
Students were assessed in the spring of 2015 with a new assessment titled Smarter Balanced. These assessments go beyond multiple-choice questions to include extended response and technology enhanced items, as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to respond to complex real-world problems.Anytime students are assessed with a new assessment on new state standards they receive lower scores than on previous state assessments; however, they are still performing at the state average. This was expected and the data provides us a baseline and specific information on areas for improvement. The assessment is a valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessment aligned to the state standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and grade 11.
I am pleased to announce that we are in our fifth year of the community-wide initiative titled Reach Higher Shasta (RHS).RHS is a community collaborative between parents, educators, businesses, and community members working together to increase opportunities and raise expectations for all stakeholders so that all students have access to viable careers. Our tagline “Every Student, Every Option” drives us to ensure that all students will have access to a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for whatever their career and postsecondary goals might be.
As your Shasta County Superintendent of Schools, I feel fortunate to work together with local educators and community partners to embrace a shared vision that emphasizes the importance of working together so that we can continue to see children grow up in a community that promotes good health and a zest for learning. A community who strives for our children to live free of fear, free of abuse, free of drugs, and free of prejudice. Lastly, I ask you to embrace a community where children are free to reach beyond their circumstances, whatever those might be, and join together in a community that welcomes their contributions, builds their assets, and embraces their curiosity and quest for adventure.Each year our vision is closer to a reality because together we work as one, resist the urge to point fingers of blame and focus on the negative, and instead form a circle of hands that embrace the children of Shasta County!
As you read through the 2016 Report to the Community I encourage you to celebrate the growth of our students. We will continue to work our hardest to provide the children of Shasta County with an education that will prepare our students for the ever changing and complex future.
Once again I pledge my commitment to work with you and do whatever it takes to ensure that the students and children of Shasta County live a life filled with joy, happiness, and success.I hope you will join me in this quest.
Thank you for your continued support and interest in our children and their education. Your ideas, suggestions, and feedback are welcome and appreciated. I implore you to call the Shasta County Office of Education at 225-0227 with any input you have that would help us to further the success of children in Shasta County. I welcome this opportunity to work with you to serve our children, education, and our community with passion, energy, and commitment.
Shasta County Superintendent of Schools