On December 7 2017, the California Department of Education updated the California School Dashboard, the State's integrated accountability system, based on 2016-2017 data including four new Local Indicators of success. The Pleasanton Unified School District received high performance ratings consistent with the high academic achievement and progress of its students and schools, and met all four local indicators in the areas of Basic Conditions, Implementation of Academic Standards, School Climate, and Parent Engagement.
In addition to the four new local indicators, the California Dashboard includes six state indicators developed by the State Board of Education to measure District performance levels in the areas of Suspensions, Chronic Attendance, English Learner Progress, Graduation Rate, College and Career Readiness, and Academic Proficiency measured for English Language Arts and Mathematics. For each state indicator, schools and districts receive one of five color coded performance levels ranging from red (lowest) to blue (highest).
PUSD has achieved the highest performance level (blue) on four of the five currently reported state indicators (Chronic Absenteeism will be available in 2018-2019). The District received the top rating for Academic Indicators for English Language Arts and Math, evidence of the continued strong academic performance of Pleasanton students.
Opportunities for Improvement
The District recognizes that there is still work to be done. While the number of suspensions is relatively low in the District, there was an increase in suspensions at a majority of schools during the 2016-17 school year.
PUSD will continue to promote our core values related to our Strategic Plan that all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or gender will meet or exceed standards and be college/career ready upon graduation.
“We are committed to providing alternatives to suspension, the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), restorative practices, and other related supports to reduce our suspension rates,” said Superintendent David Haglund. “We look forward to redoubling our efforts to advance these initiatives to best serve all students.”
PUSD offers before and after school programs and resources coordinated by its Extended Day Program coordinator, support to foster and kinship students through the District’s Youth Development Specialist, as well as a team of parent liaisons who provide focused outreach to ensure all families have access to resources and tools to help their children succeed.
PUSD has been working to develop and implement Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) which provides a multi-tiered system of supports to enhance academic, social and behavioral outcomes for all students. The fundamental purpose of PBIS is to make schools more effective and equitable learning environments. We do this by working to make school environments positive, predictable, consistent and safe. PBIS includes the integration of teaching school wide expectations across the various environments, enhancing acknowledgement systems, refining consequence systems and integrating social-emotional learning skills at the elementary level. For the 2017-18 school year, we also began integrating this curriculum at a middle school. The curriculum includes lessons and activities that focus on skills for learning, empathy, emotion management and problem solving. These prosocial skills are shown to decrease problem behaviors, promote school success, self-regulation, and a sense of safety and support.
The California Dashboard and PUSD use multiple measures of performance and progress. These measures are used to determine District and school progress toward meeting the needs of all students.
Pleasanton Unified School District continues to strive towards academic excellence in all its schools. This effort is reflected in our commitment to high quality programming and support for staff, students and families.