Tony Dolz, Candidate for Conejo Valley School Board grills staff on Common Core

Dr. Jennifer Boone, Director
Curriculum and Assessment
Conejo Valley Unified School District
[email protected]

Dear Dr. Boone,

My  name is Tony Dolz.  I am the President of the Concerned Parents of Conejo Valley (and School Board Candidate).  CPCV’s mission is to protect parental rights, local control of schools; and securing the privacy and sanctity of our families pursuant to California Education Code §§ 51513, 60614, 60615 and 20 U.S.C. § 1232(h).

Today I received a gracious communication from Superintendent, Dr. Baarstad.  It reads in part:

               “Tony Dolz, (Board Candidates)

                Congratulations on your decision to run for the Conejo Valley Unified School District

               Board of Education.  I applaud your desire to become more involved in the education

               and lives of our children, and to serve your community.  I want to provide you with

               any information or assistance you may require as you pursue this objective.  . . . .

               Again, congratulations on your decision to run for the Board of Education, and best

               wishes to all of you. 

               Jeff”

For the last few days; as the start of the new school year approaches, many CPCV member are asking about the roll out of Common Core and related issues of assessments, data collection and surveys at CVUSD in the 2014-15 school year.

Secondary to Superintendent Baarstad kind offer of assistance, could you  please provide information on the roll out of Common Core, assessments and related surveys for school year 2014-15?

  • Are CVUSD students assigned a unique Statewide Student Identifier (SSID) data “identifier”?  Does this unique SSID identifier and the data that is collected from each student assigned one follow the student from K-12 and beyond to college entrance?
  • Is CVUSD a party to the TIDE registration system? Or is CVUSD a party to any other registration system that employs the SSID?
  • Is CVUSD a party to CALPADS?  (CALPAD description given below)
  • Is CVUSD a party to a state of California, or by virtue of sharing, a party to exo-state(s), federal, private and non-profit partners in Common Core related logitudinal database(s)?
  • What student level datapoints are collected by CVUSD to comply with the No Child Left Behind Grant, Race to the Top Grant; and other federal grants and California Department of Education requirements?
  • What is the CVUSD policy responsive to the parents legal right pursuant to California Education Code §§ 51513, 60614, 60615 and 20 U.S.C. § 1232(h).

Whatever information you provide is intended for publication in our newsletter, websites, social media, press releases and will be shared with media organizations.

By separate cover I will provide you information on frequent intances of data security breaches at America’s most advanced high technology companies and government agencies, including the alledgedly most secure of all, the National Security Administration (NSA).  Security breaches are of concern to our parents and teachers.  I would welcome the opportunity to review this issue with you.

As the school year start approaches, we would be grateful for an expedited reply.

Thank you very much,

Tony Dolz, Candidate for Conejo Valley School Board

Reference material:

CALPADS Background/History

Provides a background/history of the establishment of CALPADS.

Background/History

The California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) was created to enable California to meet federal requirements delineated in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, which increases accountability for student achievement. CALPADS has been operational since 2009. Since its beginning, CALPADS has enabled the migration of numerous methods of aggregate data collection to CALPADS, creating a central, cohesive system that maintains quality student-level data, as well as providing a vehicle that tracks individual student enrollment history and achievement data which thus provides reliable longitudinal information.

CALPADS is the foundation of California’s K–12 education data system, comprising student demographic, program participation, grade level, enrollment, course enrollment and completion, discipline, and statewide assessment data. The student-level, longitudinal data in CALPADS enables the facilitation of program evaluation, the assessment of student achievement over time, the calculation of more accurate dropout and graduation rates, the efficient creation of reports to meet state and federal reporting requirements, and the ability to create ad hoc reports and responses to relevant questions. CALPADS provides local educational agencies (LEAs) with access to longitudinal data and reports on their own students, and it gives LEAs immediate access to information on new students, enabling the LEAs to place students appropriately and to determine whether any assessments are necessary.

For the purposes of administering the requirements of SB 1453 (Chapter 1002, Statutes of 2002) and NCLB, the California Department of Education (CDE) shall treat independently-reporting charter schools (that act as their own LEAs) as LEAs. A charter school electing to report CALPADS data independent of its authorizing LEA shall be accountable for meeting all of the reporting requirements of an individual LEA.

In order to meet the requirements of California Education Code Section 60900, LEAs shall retain and report to CALPADS individual pupil and staff records, including:

  •      Statewide Student Identifier (SSID) data
  •     Student enrollment and exit data
  •     All necessary data to produce required graduation and dropout rates
  •     Demographic data
  •     Data necessary to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
  •      Other data elements deemed necessary by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, with approval of the State Board of Education, to comply with the federal reporting requirements delineated in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107– 110), and after review and comment by the convened advisory board

LEA maintenance of individual SSIDs includes the accurate and timely reporting of demographic, program, local student enrollment and exit data to CALPADS, and the timely resolution of SSID anomalies with other LEAs.

Failure of LEAs to comply with state law by not meeting CALPADS reporting requirements may result in zero enrollment counts on official state and federal reports as well as on official, publicly-accessible Web sites. In addition, zero enrollment counts will result in the loss of any funding based on official enrollment.

In accordance with student data reporting requirements by state law, the district office (or charter school office) maintains and submits student data to CALPADS. All CALPADS data are maintained in compliance with state and federal privacy laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Each LEA or independently-reporting charter school has a designated LEA CALPADS administrator who is responsible for controlling local access to CALPADS.

Consistent with California Education Code Section 49069, parents and legal guardians have the right to access any and all pupil records related to their children that are maintained by school districts. The CDE makes student data in CALPADS available for parental or legal guardian inspection through the LEA or the independently-reporting charter school in which the student is enrolled. Parents or legal guardians should contact the appropriate district office or charter school office to initiate this procedure.

The TIDE Registration System
http://www.lacoe.edu/Portals/0/Curriculum-Instruction/CALPADS%20and%20Smarter%20Balanced%20Field%20Test%202014.pdf

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