Jerry

April 19, 2017

 

 

 
Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

Our students in grades 3-6 will be participating in the statewide testing program, which is the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests in the CAASPP system provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career.  The majority of our students in grades 3-6 will take the Smarter Balanced online tests for English Language Arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.  These tests measure the skills called for by the academic standards, including the ability to demonstrate analytical writing, critical thinking, and the ability to solve problems.

 

After students take the tests this Spring, parents will be able to compare results across three years (2014–15, 2015–16, and 2016–17) to determine their child’s progress in meeting the standards for English Language Arts and mathematics. (Exceptions: Only two years of data will be reported for students in grade 4, and only one year of data will be reported for students in grades three.)

 

To learn more about these tests, please visit CDE’s Test Score Guide website at http://www.testscoreguide.org/ca, which provides informative guides and test score descriptions as well as sample test items at different levels of difficulty.

 

Finally, our 5th grade students will participate in a pilot test for science this year, called the California Science Test (CAST).  California has adopted new science standards that require our students to think and work like scientists and engineers—asking questions and learning through hands-on investigation and discovery.   While this pilot will not provide scores for your child, it is an important first step in the development of an assessment that will fairly and accurately measure how students are achieving within the new science standards.  For additional information about the new science tests and sample questions, please visit the CDC’s CAASPP Science Assessment website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp.

 

Another great resource are the Practice and Training Tests, which can be found on the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. Here, parents can experience the type of questions that students will encounter on their tests.

 

If you would like more information or resources about alternate assessments, please visit the CDE’s CAASPP Alternate Assessments website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/altassessment.asp.

 

If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation in statewide assessments, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 858-350-6600.

 
Sincerely,

 

Jerry Jones, Principal
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