Please note the important changes to BP/AR 5113.1:
FUSD Announces Secondary Core Novel Adoption Proposals for 2015-16
The Fremont Unified School District(FUSD) has announced its secondary (Grades 7-12) core novel proposals for adoption for the 2015-16 school year. The public is invited to provide feedbackat http://padlet.com/FUSD/CoreNovelAdopt
The proposed titles are:
·The Giverby Lois Lowry
·Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett
·Whirligigby Paul Fleischman
·Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
·Night by Elie Wiesel or Maus by Art Spiegelman (Site to Choose One)
·The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Site to Choose One)
·The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
All proposed core novels are on display at FUSD’s Curriculum & Instruction Office. Call 510-659-2596 for more information.
NextGeneration Science Standards (NGSS) and the upcoming CST (STAR) Standards Test
OnSeptember 4, 2013, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the NextGeneration Science Standards (NGSS) for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve. Because these standards require significant changes inscience instruction, full implementation of NGSS is planned to occur overseveral years. Full implementation is not expected until the 2016-17 schoolyear.
However, per Assembly Bill 484 (2013), California students will continue to be assessed in grades 5, 8, and 10 based on the 1998 California Science Standards. Because teachers are transitioning their teaching practices to align with NGSS, there may not be total alignment with the California Standards Tests which are based on the 1998 standards. Although we do not expect significant differences, this discrepancy may affect CST scores. This does not mean that our students are any less proficient in science then they used to be. It simply means that teachers are transitioning to the more rigorous NGSS standards and will not cover all of the same content from the 1998 standards.