Research & Evaluation
The goals of assessment in the Pleasanton Unified School District are manifold and multi-layered. The staff uses assessment data not only to monitor continuous student progress and identify the areas of improvement, but also to measure the effectiveness of teaching strategies, to measure the progress made towards meeting district and state standards, to plan strategies and set goals for future, and to evaluate the implementation of the annual strategic planning goals.
This website is constructed to assist numerous district stakeholders in making informed educational decisions. The compilation of data has been carefully crafted to represent all aspects of education in Pleasanton schools.
Comprehensive Assessment System
No single assessment can provide all the necessary information to make fully informed curriculum and instruction decisions. A comprehensive assessment system, however, can provide useful data to assist the decision-making process. The following guiding principles are considered critical factors in the analysis of assessment data:
- Assessments are an integral part of the instruction
- Using multiple indicators of assessment to evaluate success is essential
- Collecting and maintaining quality assessment data is important
- Emphasizing comparison of assessment data from year to year rather than from school to school is the centerpiece of our improvement
- Communication of assessment data helps make informed decisions
The Department of Research and Evaluation, working together with the members of the Local Control Accountability Council (LCAC), coordinates the implementation and accountability of the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). This group oversees the ongoing development and oversight of the Goals, Actions and Services contained in the LCAP. Each California District must develop an LCAP (approved by the County Office that identifies actions and services that best support the five Goals and federal categorical programs, along with ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations and laws). In addition, this department monitors school plans, including training for School Site Councils, and is responsible for administering the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS).
- Title I: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
- Title II, Part A: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals
- Title III: Program for Limited-English-Proficient Students