Dear Acacia Families,
This month students in grades 3-6 will begin taking the annual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP. The CAASPP tests include a focus on English language arts/literacy and mathematics. First, is an adaptive test taken on an iPad that gives students different follow-up questions based on their answers, thereby providing a more refined picture of a student's abilities. Second, is a performance task taken on an iPad that challenges students to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world math problems. The two parts measure the depth of understanding, writing, research, and problem-solving skills. On CAASPP, students' scores fall into one of four achievement levels: standard exceeded, standard met, standard nearly met, and standard not met.
Specific grade level test schedule information will be sent home in the panda folders. To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page (http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp). Fifth grade students will take the California Science Test (CAST) that is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. The state of California has yet to adopt the curriculum to align with the state test, therefore, we ask that you keep that in mind when results are sent home.
Following the Spring 2019 testing, student score reports will be sent home to parents. It is important to note that what you want to see is progress made from last year’s scores to this year’s scores for your child. If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP Web page (http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/)
At Acacia, our 2017-2018 CAASPP results indicated that for the third year in a row we out-performed state, county and district results! The California School Dashboard is where you can view how schools are meeting the needs of students with the state assessments. It includes multiple measures of student success with a color designation assigned to each measure. The goal is for schools to be green in all areas with blue being the best schools can get. I am very proud to share that as a result of our continued increase in test scores, Acacia School is blue, exceeds on all measures, and ranks as a top performing school in Fullerton School District! I am confident that with your continued support, teacher’s relentless commitment and dedication as well as student’s tremendous efforts, we will do just as well this school year.