When we return from Spring Break, our students in grades 3 will participate in the statewide testing program, which is the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. 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. Students who have a significant cognitive disability (as designated in their individualized education program) are eligible to take the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics.
After students take the tests in the spring, parents will receive information from the state on their child’s performance in meeting the standards for English language arts and mathematics. Parents will be able to monitor progress results in years to come at fourth grade (spring 2018), at fifth grade (spring 2019) and so forth. Progress monitoring will help you have an insight in how your child is progressing toward meeting the standards for English language arts and mathematics. Kindergarten, first grade and second grade students will continue to take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress). For more information on the MAPS: https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/
To learn more about the CAASPP or CAA tests, please visit CDE’s Test Score Guide Web site 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.
Another great resource are the Practice and Training Tests, which can be found on the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. Here, parents can experience the kinds of questions that students will encounter on the tests.
If you would like more information or resources about alternate assessments, please visit the CDE’s CAASPP Alternate Assessments Web page 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 858-794-4400.
Lisa Ryder, Principal
Carmel Creek School