Rancho Minerva has approximately 95% students who live below the poverty line. A traditional approach to teaching and learning has been proven ineffective for our students as we struggle to engage them in effective ways. The personalized approach to their education is empowering our students to become self-directed learners who are drivers of their own education. We believe our students should be able to work at their pace, and be given choice in how they learn content.
As a traditional middle school, we are constantly up agianst balancing innovation with traditional systems of a large school district and bargaining unit. Rancho Minerva is paving the way as a traditional middle school to show that we can be innovative.
There is no such thing as buy in. Moving towards a new teaching and learning model is a grass roots effort that involves a team. It is inportant to involve the team in the process.
We have undergone a total redesign of what traditional schools can do in moving towards 21st century teaching and learning with a blended/personalized approach.
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Rancho Minerva Middle School
92084 United States
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.