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From Superintendent Dr. Steven Herzog


Implementation & Assessment of State Standards

California is a member of the multi-state Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that is developing a system of valid, reliable and fair assessments that the state will administer for the first time for grades 3-8 and 11 in the Spring of 2015. The new assessments will utilize computer-adaptive testing technologies to some degree, with a goal to provide meaningful feedback data that teachers can use to help our students succeed. The new Smarter Balanced assessments will go beyond multiple-choice questions to include extended response items and performance tasks that will challenge our students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to complex real-world problems. The performance tasks will be taken on a computer (but will not be computer adaptive) and will take one to two class periods to complete. Smarter Balanced intends to capitalize on the precision and efficiency of computer adaptive testing (CAT).


Parents have asked many questions about the current state of readiness of RUSD's staff to implement the new standards. Teachers and school leaders have been extremely busy preparing for the math and English/language arts standards. The most frequently asked math questions are answered here as well as a detailed timeline of transition activities we have utilized to prepare our District for this exciting transformation. The goal remains the same: to prepare all students to be college and career-ready by the time they graduate from high school.


Note: If you are unable to open the links embedded in the Q & A, please click here for the timeline and here for the mathematics practices matrix.


Dr. Steven Herzog, RUSD Superintendent

Parent Education Speaker Event about Teens

Parent Ed- "Can We Talk" - November 12th from 7-9pm at Kent Middle School in the Multipurpose Room.  Please join the RUSD PTA with Charis Denison and a panel of Bay Area teens to talk about real life.  Back by popular demand to Marin, Charis will facilitate this discussion of teens' experiences navigating both academic achievement and the life choices they make outside the classroom.  Charis Denison, Prajna Consulting, is nationally recognized for her 21 years of work in human development, service learning and social justice.  Attendance is free but limited.  Sign up here



From the Foundation for Reed Schools
Grandparents/Special Friends Day at Reed and Bel Aire Schools!
The Foundation for Reed Schools is hosting our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day at Reed School on Monday, November 24th and at Bel Aire School on Tuesday, November 25th. Please RSVP! Guests at both schools will have an opportunity to spend time with their student but we need the names of the guests and their student(s) to facilitate this event. For more information about this event and to RSVP by November 10th, please go to

Key Dates

Tue Oct 28
7:30 - 8:30 am  BA Parent Walker Creek Mtg
8:30 - 10 am  BA Parent Play Mtg
8:30 - 10 am  RD  Dr. Gold 2nd Grade Parent Mtg
3:45 - 4:45 pm 8th Grd Girls Volleyball
4:30 - 5:30 pm  DM Cross Country Meet
Wed Oct 29
12:30 - 12:50 pm  BA Student Play Mtg
3:45 - 4:45 pm 8th Grd Girls Volleyball
Thu Oct 30
8:30 - 10 am  BA Dr. Gold 5th Grd Parent Mtg
6:30 - 8 pm  BA Parent Play Mtg
Fri Oct 31
8 - 9 am  RD Halloween Parade
1:15 - 1:45 pm  BA Halloween Fashion Show

Foundation For Reed Schools
The Foundation for Reed Schools supports Music, Art, Technology, Physical Education, Foreign Language, and Library.