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Structured Literacy Series with Dr. Margie Gillis

San Ramon Valley Unified School District/SELPA in conjunction with Decoding Dyslexia CA is proud to offer:


STRUCTURED LITERACY SERIES For Teaching Students with Specific Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia


In this five-day (30 hour) course, educators will learn how to explicitly and systematically teach students with Specific Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia. The series will demonstrate how to combine word recognition instruction that teaches foundational skills (i.e., phonemic awareness, decoding, and encoding) with methodology in reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and written expression). Teachers will learn instructional strategies and techniques to enhance their tiered intervention or specialized instruction that may be used with an existing program or as part of a Structured Literacy approach, as recommended in the CA Dyslexia Guidelines.


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Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Published:4/26/18
Audience: Educational Services, Homepage, Educational Services and Homepage

District API scores best of any large unified school district in the state

State API Results Released: SRVUSD sees 6 point increase

San Ramon Valley schools once again showed improvement in the 2011 Academic Performance Index Growth Report according to data released Wednesday by the California Department of Education, with all scores averaging well above the state target. The API measures and compares the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures.

The overall 2011 API growth score for the district was 922, up 6 points from the 2010 API Base score of 916. The state goal for all schools is 800 on the API. These results continue to place SRVUSD as the 8thhighest unified school district in the state and the highest among unified districts with more than 9,000 students.

The 2011 Growth API measures the amount of growth a school or district makes since the release of the previous Base API.  Golden View and John Baldwin Elementary Schools showed the most growth at the elementary level, 30 and 29 points respectively over the previous year. At the middle school level, Gale Ranch increased by 16 points. Del Amigo High School improved by 30 points, California High School increased by 18 points, and Venture Independent Study School showed an increase of 23 points over 2010. Windemere Ranch Middle School’s API score of 966 places the school as the 15th highest among the 1,350 (with an API) middle schools in California. Hidden Hills Elementary, with an API of 976, is the 34th highest among all 5,739 elementary schools in the state.  The district’s comprehensive high schools are in the top 3% of all high schools statewide. 

In addition, scores for specific subgroups in the district also improved. Results for the district’s African American subgroup were up 18 points. SRVUSD students classified as “English Learners” (as a group) ranked #2 among unified districts in the state. The subgroups entitled “Socioeconomically Disadvantaged” and “Students with Disabilities” were up 11 points each, and ranked 14th  and 9th among all unified districts in the state respectively.

“Each year I am impressed with how our students demonstrate continuous improvement,” said Superintendent Steven Enoch. “I am particularly pleased with how many of our subgroups improved as it demonstrates our efforts in narrowing the gap between groups of students.”

Statewide, forty-nine percent of all California schools are now at or above the overall statewide target API of 800.

The API is the cornerstone of the state’s academic accountability requirements. The API is a numerical index (or scale) ranging from a low score of 200 to a high score of 1000. It reflects a school’s or district’s academic performance based on annual results of statewide testing at grades two through eleven. Each year, schools receive two API reports, the API Base (reported in March) and the API Growth (reported in September).


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Posted by: Terry Koehne Published:2/28/12
Audience: Educational Services, Assessment, Research and Evaluation, Educational Services and Assessment, Research and Evaluation

San Ramon Valley students continue to improve on STAR Test

2009 State Standardized Test Results Released 

San Ramon Valley students continue to improve

For Immediate Release Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Contact: Marianne Splenda, Assessment Coordinator Phone: 925-552-2949 / email: Terry Koehne, Community Relations Director Phone: 925-552-2942 / email:

Danville - The California Department of Education today released the results of the 2009 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program that show students in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District continue to excel academically in all subjects and grades. Results from the California Standards Test (CST) also show that the district continues to make gains in the number of students scoring at the "proficient and advanced" levels.

89% of San Ramon Valley students who took both the STAR 2009 and STAR 2009 CST exams in English-Language Arts scored "proficient" or "advanced" on both exams and 86% scored "proficient" or "advanced" on the mathematics CST.

Despite an increase of nearly 800 students taking the exam in 2009, a higher percentage of students scored proficient or advanced in all grade levels (2-11) in English-language arts, and all grade levels in elementary/middle school general math (grades 2-7).

"When our students and teachers participated in STAR testing last year, there were many distractions surrounding them including a massive State fiscal crisis, worry about a parcel tax election, and the potential for hundreds of teacher lay-offs" said Superintendent Steven Enoch. "Even in this environment our students showed improvement as they gained greater proficiency in the core subject areas. These results reflect an extremely dedicated group of teachers, supportive parents and a rigorous curriculum."

The largest percentages of students scoring proficient or advanced was at second grade, where 91% of students scored proficient or advanced in math (a five point increase), and at third grade, where 90% scored proficient or advanced in mathematics (a three point game). The largest gains from last year occurred in 11th grade where there was an eight point percentage increase over STAR 2008 on the California Standards Tests for Language Arts.

In the writing portion of the CST (only tested in grades 4 and 7), SRVUSD saw significant growth in the percentage of students who passed the writing test in grade 4. 89% of all Grade 4 students passed the writing portion. This reflects a 12% increase over START 2008 writing in Grade 4. In the Life Science portion of the CST (tested in grades 5, 8 and 10), scores increased considerably (over 80% of all students tested scored proficient or advanced).

Statewide STAR results also show improvement in the progress schools are making in moving greater numbers of students toward proficient and advanced levels of academic achievement.

"I am pleased and encouraged to see that for the seventh year in a row, California public school students continue to improve," said State Superintendent of Instruction, Jack O'Connell."Half of our students are now proficient in English-language arts."

Under the STAR program, California students attain one of five levels of performance on the CSTs for each subject tested: advanced, proficient, basic, below basic, and far below basic. The State Board of Education has established the proficient level as the desired achievement goal for all students. This goal is consistent with school growth targets for state accountability and the federal No Child Left Behind requirements. The state target is for all students to score at the proficient or advanced level.

Approximately 4.73 million students participated in the 2009 STAR program, which is comprised of:

  • California Standards Tests (CSTs) are standards-based tests that measure the achievement of state content standards in English-language arts, mathematics, science, and history-social science.
  • California Modified Assessment (CMA) is for students with special needs whose Individual Education Plan (IEP) indicates assessment with the CMA (currently for grades three through eight in ELA and Math and grade eight in Science).
  • California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) is for students who have significant cognitive disabilities.
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) are for students who either received instruction in Spanish or were enrolled in a school in the United States for less than 12 months.

Results are posted on the California Department of Education website at Parent reports have already been mailed out.

Contact: Marianne Splenda, Assessment Coordinator
Phone: 925-552-2949 / email:
Terry Koehne, Community Relations Director
Phone: 925-552-2942 / email:

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Posted by: Terry Koehne Published:2/10/12
Audience: Educational Services, Assessment, Research and Evaluation, Educational Services and Assessment, Research and Evaluation

Kindergarten Enrollment Begins January 18th!

SRVUSD Announces 2011-12 Enrollment for Incoming Kindergarten Students


The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is holding Kindergarten enrollment for the 2011-2012 school year from January 18 through February 11. Parents of incoming Kindergarten students can now download enrollment forms from our district website Parents may refer to the district website for further information.

Eligibility for admission requirements:

  • The child must be five years of age on or before December 2, 2011.
  • At the time of kindergarten enrollment, an original certified copy of the birth certificate, passport, or baptismal record must be used to verify the student's birth date.
  • It is required by California State law that all students have complete records of immunizations prior to entering kindergarten. Children will not be admitted to a classroom in the fall unless the immunizations are up-to-date.   Please provide current immunization records at time of enrollment.  Any missing immunizations from the record will need to be given and proof provided to the school before the start of school.
  • The San Ramon Valley Unified School District requires a child to have a physical examination prior to entering kindergarten. At the time of kindergarten enrollment, parents are asked to provide the school with the scheduled appointment date for the physical exam. Children will not be admitted to a classroom in the fall unless the physical exam has been completed.

* Proof of residence is required at the time a packet is picked up and must be verified by one item from each category below:

  1. Current picture ID of parent/guardian:  Driver’s license, CA issued ID, passport, military ID.
  2.  Current mortgage statement,  Escrow papers that show close of sale no later than 7 calendar days after the student’s first day of school, grant deed, property tax bill, lease/rental agreement including property address, names of occupants, signatures of both parties with 2 months of canceled checks or bank transfer records within the school year.
  3. Current PG&E or water bill with name and address listed (provide within 45 days for new home purchases/rentals).


January 18 - 31, 2011 - Siblings 

Current resident parents of entering kindergartners who have a sibling currently in grades K-5 at the school of residence should go directly to the resident school with completed enrollment forms and proof of residency.  These receive a priority at their resident school.  

If the sibling was diverted to another school, the parent may choose the school of residence OR the diverted school as their resident school for sibling priority enrollment. If the sibling chose to attend another school in our district through an open enrollment transfer, the incoming kindergarten student would not receive priority placement at their resident school.

Incoming kindergarten students with a sibling in an elementary Special Day Class outside the resident school may choose the school of residence OR the school which the Special Day sibling attends as the priority school.

February 1-11, 2011 - No Siblings 

Current resident parents of entering Kindergartners without an attending sibling should go directly to the resident school with completed enrollment forms and proof of residency. These receive second priority at their resident school.  

Beginning the week of February 21, 2011- Kindergarten lottery will be held (if needed) for enrollment received as of February 19, 2011,

March 15, 2011- Open Enrollment Transfer Requests for 2011-12 are due to the SRVUSD Educational Services Department.

June 17, 2011 - Parents will be notified of kindergarten am/pm student designations.


A lottery will only be held at a school if there are more children enrolling than space available. The first priority of the district is to keep children in the same family together. Therefore, entering kindergarten students who already have an older sibling currently in grades K-5 at the school of residence should return packets within the January 18-31 window. This does not apply to those families where the older sibling has had an approved open enrollment transfer from their resident school.

Entering kindergarten students without a sibling in the school of residence may return packets February 1-11, 2011. Kindergarten lotteries will be scheduled (if needed) for enrollment packets received by February 11, 2011.

The assignment to a morning or afternoon kindergarten takes into consideration many factors, including parent requests, the need to balance the number of boys and girls in each classroom as well as balancing the age of students. Each school will establish its own criteria for morning or afternoon placement. Questions related to kindergarten enrollment procedures should be directed to your school's office.

For more information regarding the enrollment process, contact Educational Services at

(925) 552-2914 or

Posted by: Terry Koehne, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Published:1/11/11
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