Several years ago, California opted to adopt the Common Core State Standards, a rigorous set of new standards for Language Arts and Mathematics which expects students not only to master the content they are studying, but also to be able to apply, reason with, and understand the fundamentals of academics. The new statewide testing system CAASPP, measures students’ progress aligned with the CCSS, and is a key metric not only in assessing content fluency, but also a student’s ability to utilize content to demonstrate understanding or accomplish specific goals. These are 21st Century Learning Skills, the building blocks of an education that will prepare students to be competitive and successful in our new global world. It is NUSD’s mandate and mission to provide the best possible education for our students; to prepare the children of our community for success not just today, but also in the future.
In line with these new expectations and goals, NUSD is working hard to transform teaching in the district to meet the needs of our diverse and growing district by:
- Realigning curriculum to meet Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
- Updating facilities to create safe, clean, and collaborative environments where teachers can effectively employ 21st Century Teaching Techniques
- Providing access to modern instructional tools and professional development for teachers
- Instituting the new Graduate Profile to help schools guide the transformation of teaching and assessment in the district.