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 Getting Smarter About State Standards

In this pivotal time of assessment and accountability, educators need be able to make decisions that result in the maximum benefit to students. 

Understanding the key pieces of the California Standards and learning how they impact a teacher's work in the classroom or the area of focus for a school or district leadership team, is critical to student learning. 

To supply educators with the tools and resources needed in this new era, the San Diego County Office of Education on March 3 is offering the Getting Smarter Conference​, the latest in a series of related events.

The conference keynote comes from Dr. Jorge Aguilar, associate superintendent of equity and access at Fresno Unified School District. In his role, Aguilar pioneered a groundbreaking partnership between his district and the University of California, Merced to ensure all students have an equal chance to quality opportunities after high school graduation.

Since 2009, the district has seen an increase in graduation and A-G completion rates, and a jump in A-G eligibility in career technical education courses from 4 to 48 percent.

Attendees will discover how this partnership with higher education transpired, as well as the strategy, development, and outcome of Aguilar's passionate work to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for all students.

Breakout sessions at the conference focus on implementing systems and monitoring for results to strengthen teaching and learning outcomes, including:

  • An in-depth look at the three components of the Smarter Balance Assessment system, which emphasizes the formative assessment process to impact teaching and learning

  • How to interpret, utilize, and communicate the assessment results and best tell the story of your district or school with the community

  • Details of how local school districts are developing and monitoring their Local Control and Accountability Plans through strong communication systems and powerful stakeholder engagement

The conference is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 3 at the National University Spectrum Learning Center in San Diego. Registration details are available here