As you may already know, we, along with thousands of schools across California, are participating in a field test of a modern assessment system designed to help shape teaching and learning in the classroom. These tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English and math, which California adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live.
Part of the goal of the field test this year is to determine how well individual questions allow students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn. We are also taking this opportunity to see how well our technical capabilities meet the demands of computer-based assessments and to see what resources our teachers and school may yet need.
Finally and importantly, this year gives your student an opportunity to experience the new testing system without consequences. This means that we will not be using the scores from the CAASPP for student placement, we will use what we learn from this field test to help ensure a successful full launch of the system in the 2014-15 school year.
Our next step in that transition is to administer the field test our students in grades 6-8. Our testing schedule is as follows: 7th & 8th Grade will test on March 24th & 25th, 6th grade will be tested on April 15th & 16th. 8th grade will take the CST Science test on April 23. Attendance for the full week of testing is important, as the Performance Testing Lesson will be presented on Monday of the testing week. If you would like to see what types of questions students will be asked on the new CAASPP or how the test will be presented, there is a practice test available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp.
If you would like more information, please visit the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterfieldtest.asp. Our teachers, counselors, and staff have worked extremely hard this year preparing our students for these assessments. Please encourage your student to give their full effort. Especially during our testing window, please make sure your student gets plenty of rest each night, eats a good breakfast and arrives to school on time. Together we will make this a successful testing experience for our students.
If you have any questions, please contact Jean Chung at firstname.lastname@example.org or your can reach her at: 909-595-8171.