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She said the standards will be less answer-based and more understandin- based. For example, a student could get the answer to a math question wrong but still get some credit for knowing the theory. Golden said Common Core will also mean more collaboration among students and less talking by teachers. Even as the district moves toward those more rigorous standards, two of its schools are in “program improvement,� which means federally mandated requirements to bring up test scores. Pleasanton Middle School has to raise scores for special education students and English learners, and Valley View Elementary has to boost scores language scores for English learners and Hispanic students. PMS has begun scheduling extra learning time before and after school, and some of its students will have block scheduling, giving up an elective for extra instructional time. Valley View teachers will be getting three days of intensive instruction on a new program about to be implemented there.

Meanwhile, elementary and middle schools are still raising money to add hours that were cut for tech positions, said Bill Faraghan, assistant superintendent of human resources. He said schools will continue to raise funds during walk-through registration. “At this point, no one has added any additional hours over the base for the library media assistants or site technology specialist positions,� he said. No one is challenging the three incumbent school board members whose terms are up this year, so the district will save the $200,000 budgeted to participate in the November election. But state funding is still up in the air for the upcoming year, according to Luz Cazares, assistant superintendent of business services. “November is going to be the next major data point for us,� Cazares said. That’s when two state measures designed to increase funding for schools will be on the ballot. “We planned for taxes not passing,� Cazares said. “November feels like a long way away, but we’re ready for it when it comes.� N

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Pleasanton Weekly 08.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 17, 2012 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly

Pleasanton Weekly 08.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 17, 2012 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly