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Superintendent's Message

  Welcome to the new Superintendent,  Dr. Clover Codd!

April 2022

Dear Moreland Families,

The Moreland School District prides ourselves on our commitment to excellence in educating the whole child and empowering students through innovative and exemplary educational practices.  It is our goal to raise the level of achievement for all of our students, while ensuring we have behavioral and academic supports in place for learning gaps.  

For the past two school years, state testing has been suspended due to the many changes schools needed to make in order to respond to the pandemic. However, having a comprehensive assessment strategy is important to understanding students strengths, needs and next steps we can take as individual teachers, schools, and as a district. We are fortunate in Moreland to have creative teachers who implement formative assessments throughout their daily instruction, and benchmark assessments to help teachers and site administrators make instructional decisions that best support the needs of individuals and groups of students. This spring we will also be implementing state-wide testing in grades 3-8. 

Upcoming State Testing 
Between April 18 and May 27, 2022, Moreland schools will administer the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for all students in the third through the eighth grade. Each school site will provide specific testing dates within this window to prepare families and their students.

All students in grades third through eighth will be tested in mathematics and English Language Arts, while fifth through eighth grade students will also be tested in science.  These tests will consist of a series of questions that adapt to the student’s responses. Along with other measures of learning and in consultation with their teachers, these tests are one of the many ways we assess where our students are in their learning with respect to the grade level expectations. After the results are analyzed by the state, parents will have access to their student’s results through the AERIES Parent Portal in early summer.

Below are some tips to support students during the assessment days:

    • Good sleep and a healthy and balanced breakfast are among the best supports for students during the school day.
    • Students can practice some of the sample questions with practice tests here. This helps reduce testing anxiety and improve understanding of testing instructions.
    • Remind students that the goal is for them to do their best. As long as they give it their all, remind them that you and Moreland are proud of them!


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COVID Testing Available Monday - Friday
Don’t forget, free COVID-19 testing is available Monday - Friday, on days school is in session in both the morning and the afternoon.  Click here to learn more.

Thank you for your continued partnership. 

In partnership,

Dr. Clover Codd