April 2, 2015
This spring, our students will be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which is the state’s new academic testing program replacing the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. Last year, students in grades 3-8 and 11 participated in a computer-based field test. Although no scores were provided, it allowed students and teachers to experience online testing and new types of questions. Also, it helped evaluate how well our school’s technology systems could meet the demands of online tests and determine what resources teachers would need to better prepare students. I am confident that our school and staff are well prepared to administer the CAASPP.
As a reminder, CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11 as well as the remaining paper-based tests for science in grades 5, 8, and 10. During the test, students will use earphones to listen to videos and audio items. They will also be allowed to bring their own earbuds or earphones as they may be most comfortable using their own.
Following the spring 2015 testing, individual student results can be available electronically within four weeks. The delivery of results takes into account machine scoring and hand-scoring. Students will receive individual score reports that include an overall scale score, performance level and claim level for ELA and mathematics. It is very important that you encourage students do their best when taking these tests. The test results can provide valuable information about student academic progress. It will help us understand what knowledge, skills, and processes they have mastered and which ones they may still need to learn. These scores can allow parents and teachers to monitor student progress each year and help students reach and achieve their highest academic potential.
To learn about the types of questions on the tests, you can view and take the practice tests online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp.
New this year, students with disabilities who previously took the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) will participate instead in a field test of the new Alternate Assessment in ELA and mathematics. Like the CAASPP ELA and mathematics assessments, the Alternate Assessments will be aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Students will not receive scores for the Alternate Assessment field test in 2015.
Our school’s testing information is provided in this table:
2015 CAASPP Test Type
April 27 – May 15
Grades 3-5 Smarter Balanced ELA and Mathematics Computer Adaptive Tests and Performance Tasks
Grade 5 CST/CMA/CAPA Science
April 16 – May 22
Grades 3-5 Alternate Assessment ELA and Mathematics
I am confident that we have done our best to prepare and that we are ready for this new testing experience. If you have any questions, please contact the school office. Thank you for all that you do for our students, staff, and community.
Dear Twin Creeks Families,
All the signs of spring are here – sunshine, allergies, flowers blooming, fifth graders heading to Camp Arroyo, longer days, and students catching “summer fever”. It is hard to believe so much of our year is gone already; however, we still have a good portion left to finish. Thus, it is important that we work together as “cheerleaders” to keep our students engaged and learning to their fullest potential. One way you can lend your voice to the cheer is through homework.
Homework completion is an important component to your child’s learning. Here are some tips for helping your child with homework:
- Provide a regular place and time each day
- Make sure all materials needed are easily accessible
- Agree upon homework rules
- Expect them to meet tough academic standards by encouraging perseverance and effort
- Don’t expect or demand perfection
- If it is a large, long term assignment help your child break it into smaller assignments with time to review as a whole before the due date
- Review the completed homework
- Remind your child how to organize completed homework so it is immediately placed in a folder and/or backpack so it is ready to turn in the next day
- Review teacher comments on homework that has been returned and discuss with your child
- Congratulate your child with specific statements such as, “I love the way you kept trying until you figured it out”; “Great job completing all the steps to get to the answer”; “Reading the questions first is a great strategy – good job”; “ I know this math assignment was hard for you, I am proud of you for doing your best and checking your answers.”
Thank you for sharing your children with me each and every day. It is my honor and privilege to cheer them on in their education at Twin Creeks,