November 1, 2022
Dear CVUSD Parents, Guardians, and Staff,
I am excited to share the fantastic news of how well our students performed on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) exam taken this past spring for the 2021/2022 school year.
While San Bernardino County school districts experienced nearly a 5% decrease in English Language Arts (ELA) between 2019, when the CAASPP was last administered, and 2022, CVUSD students increased their ELA score by 0.77%. Only three of the County’s 33 school districts achieved an increase in ELA, and of those three, Chino Valley USD enjoyed the greatest improvement.
Additionally, while San Bernardino County school districts suffered a 6.99% drop in mathematics, CVUSD students underwent less than a 2% decrease; the second best rating in the county behind Baker Valley Unified School District. I cannot begin to express the humble pride I feel as a Superintendent to such brilliant, high-achieving students.
In addition to county scores falling, state scores experienced a 4.04% decrease in ELA and 6.35 decrease in mathematics. This downward trend is further observed on a national stage with additional states reporting a decline in progress.
I’d like to stress that CVUSD’s scores not only highlight the resiliency of its students, but the dedication of its staff. We cannot deny that this triumph is one that all in our community can celebrate!
FACTORS FOR SUCCESS
During a staff presentation given during the October 6 regular meeting of the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education, Dr. Grace Park, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, Innovation, and Support, highlighted three distinguishing factors that students benefited from to mitigate learning loss during the pandemic: 30 additional instructional minutes provided through the District’s Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) Plan, continued focus on the District’s essential standards, and a strong commitment of teacher collaboration through Professional Learning Communities (PLC).
ELO PLAN – ADDITIONAL 30 MINUTES OF INSTRUCTION
Recognizing a need to mollify learning loss that may occur from distance learning, the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education approved the CVUSD Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Plan on March 21, 2021. The ELO Plan established a learning recovery program that enhanced the academic school day with an additional 30 minutes of instruction during the 2021-2022 school year. After identifying areas of significant academic loss caused by COVID-19 school closures, District staff provided pivotal supplemental instruction and support to strengthen core concepts and remediate potential learning deficits for all students.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY
The District’s Professional Learning Community (PLC) is an important part of the culture of CVUSD schools. It is an ongoing, continuous process in which educators work together in cycles of collective inquiry to clarify intended student learning outcomes, examine student work, develop strategies to build and improve upon student learning, and apply new knowledge in the next cycle of continuous improvement. PLCs unified teaching staff to ensure continued growth and success across all grade levels and for all CVUSD students.
As part of the PLC process, the District’s Essential Standards have been developed using input from all grade-level teams across each CVUSD campus. Using this input, a District committee comprised of CVUSD teachers and instructional coaches from each grade level established 10 to 12 essential standards for each grade level and course. Serving as an instrumental instructional guide, these areas of emphasis confirm the expectation that students will transition to the next grade having a solid grasp of grade-level material.
Although there is still much work to be done to maintain CVUSD’s tradition of excellence that spans more than 150 years, I am encouraged by the progress we have been able to maintain and am grateful for the commitment shown by the Board and CVUSD staff. I would like to take this opportunity to thank CVUSD district personnel, school site leadership and staff, and the Board of Education for their unwavering commitment to supporting our students in the classroom. Your enduring dedication and expertise continue to lead our District forward.
Thank you, CVUSD families for your partnership in supporting students and cultivating a collaborative relationship with staff. Success is strengthened through our mutual aspirations to assist our students with scholastic and personal achievements.
And finally, thank you to the young scholars gracing the halls of CVUSD schools. You have lived through a shockingly unique time in education that no one was prepared to manage. Your flexibility, strength, and perseverance are awe-inspiring, and the fruits of your labor astounding. While some may not fully comprehend the extraordinary value of your success, it is without saying, exhilarating. You are the heart of our district!
Norm Enfield, Ed.D.