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Every month, our school conducts emergency drills to prepare our students and staff for different emergencies.  Click here to find out more about different ways to keep your family prepared for emergencies.

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Local Control Funding Formula

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Watch the video to find out more about the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  LCFF allows the District to target our students' needs on a local level to ensure every student is prepared to graduate college prepared and career ready.

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Smarter Balanced Assessment - Field Tests Information

At Rio Vista Elementary, our focus is on graduating all students college-prepared and career-ready. To help students achieve that goal, California is one of many states transitioning to new assessments called the Smarter Balanced Assessments. As our partner in your child’s education we want to keep you informed about the changes occurring to help prepare our students for their future.

The Smarter Balanced Assessments are new, next-generation assessments that will measure the full understanding of the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts/literacy.

LAUSD is helping to lead the way during this transition by participating in a practice test this spring. The practice test is a “trial run” to help make sure the assessment process runs smoothly, and that the items in the assessments are valid, reliable and fair for all students before the full implementation next year. 

All students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 will take the practice test of the new assessments during a six-week window, from April 1 – May 16, 2014.  Some 9th and 10th grade students will also participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment practice test this spring for informational purposes only.  As a pioneer school helping to lead LAUSD and other school districts, I will share the specific assessment dates for Rio Vista Elementary once they have been confirmed.

What’s different about these new assessments?

  • Students will take the assessments on a LAUSD-provided electronic device exposing our youth to 21st century tools to build their technology skills as they prepare for college or a career.

  • The assessments will be given annually and on an interim basis to measure progress throughout the school year.

  • The assessments will include more complex “performance tasks,” as well as the more traditional multiple-choice items.

  • Starting in the 2014 – 2015 school year, the assessments will be given using “computer adaptive testing,” which means that the test adjusts to a student’s ability by basing the difficulty of future questions on the student’s previous answers.

For more information about LAUSD’s participation in the Smarter Balanced practice test, please visit the LAUSD's home page at

Throughout LAUSD, and especially at Rio Vista Elementary, we believe that a high-quality education rooted in 21st century knowledge and skills is a basic right for all students. Let’s help move the District forward.


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