Lindsay Unified Public Schools (LUSD) is a 4,200 student K-12 district in California’s Central Valley. Lindsay High School enrolls 1,025 9th-12th graders. The district uses a “performance-based” learning system in which every student (who Lindsay terms "Learner") progresses through learning standards at their own pace. Teachers (called “Learning Facilitators”) guide Learners towards resources and provide direct supports as they develop evidence of mastery and move along their own pathways.
Launched in 2007 through the adoption of a visionary, district-wide strategic plan, LUSD has steadily become a model for competency-based learning nationally. The district uses blended learning as a mechanism for supporting their model, helping Learners develop foundational knowledge and supporting them through cycles of inquiry that lead to deeper learning. LUSD uses a number of tools to do this, but relies heavily on Empower, a competency-based learning management system, to support its model.
Contact: Heather Rocha
Contact Title: Principal
Lindsay High School
1849 E. Tulare Rd.
In 2014-2015 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
In 2014-2015 California tested students using the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), administered through the online Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. These are comprehensive, end-of-year assessments of grade-level learning that measure progress toward college and career readiness. Each test, English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics is comprised of two parts: (1) a computer adaptive test and (2) a performance task; administered within a 12-week window beginning at 66 percent of the instructional year for grades three through eight, or within in a 7-week window beginning at 80 percent of the instructional year for grade eleven. The summative assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA and mathematics. The tests capitalize on the strengths of computer adaptive testing—efficient and precise measurement across the full range of achievement and timely turnaround of results.
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