WHAT IS CAASPP AND CAST TESTING AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOUR STUDENT?

Dear Parent/Guardian:

I hope that you and your student had a restful and fun- filled Spring Break!

We are very excited to welcome students back to Clayton Valley for the home stretch of the school year. Our return from Spring Break marks the beginning of state testing in California for juniors and sophomores. Testing will take place during the dates of April 17-28th. While 10th and 11th graders are the only grades participating in state testing, all families should review the schedules at the end of this letter since all students will be affected by slight changes in the daily bell schedule during this window.

The information below applies only to families of tenth and eleventh grade students.

Information for 10th grade families:

This year on April 27th and 28th, all 10th graders will be taking the California Science Test (CAST). Working with science teachers, California is developing the CAST that emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning. The CAST exam is a pilot exam and will be used by our teachers and the State of California in implementation of the new science standards that describe the things we want students to know and be able to do. These new standards help students to think and work like scientists and engineers—asking questions and learning using hands-on investigation and discovery.

The CAST is valuable for students, teachers, and families because it represents a common yardstick—a way to measure the progress of all students at the same time in the same way. We are excited about the new science standards and the role CAST will play in helping our students reach their potential and prepare for the future!

Information for 11th grade families:

Each spring, all juniors in California participate in the statewide testing program, 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. This year, during the dates of April 17-28th, 2017, your 11th grader will take the following CAASPP tests:

 

  •       Smarter Balanced test for mathematics
  •       Smarter Balanced test for English language arts/literacy (ELA)

The scores from these exams will be printed on student transcripts. For eleventh graders, these tests will have a direct impact on the California State University’s (CSU’s) Early Assessment Program (EAP). The CSU and participating California community colleges will use student results from the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments as a student’s EAP status in English and mathematics. The Smarter Balanced online tests are based on the California Content Standards, also known as the Common Core State Standards, for mathematics and ELA.:

 

  •       Students who score at the highest performance level (“Standard Exceeded”) are considered ready for college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics and exempt from taking the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam.

 

  •       Students who score at the “Standard Met” performance level are considered conditionally ready for college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics and exempt from taking the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam. However, they must take an approved English and/or mathematics course in twelfth grade and receive a grade of “C” or better. Students that do not meet the conditional requirement will need to participate in the CSU’s Early Start Program, unless exemption was met through another pathway.

 

  •       Students who score at the “Standard Nearly Met” performance level are considered not yet ready for college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics and will need additional preparation in the twelfth grade. They will also be required to take the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam unless they meet the exemption criteria through another pathway.  

 

  •       Students who score at the “Standard Not Met” performance level are considered not ready for college-level work in English and/or mathematics. They will need substantial improvement to demonstrate knowledge and skills needed for success in entry-level credit-bearing college coursework after high school.

 

If your student is participating in either of these exams, please ensure that they are well- rested and that they eat breakfast before coming to school. We know that these key factors can increase focus and alertness, especially during testing. If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please visit our school website or contact Clayton Valley Charter High School at (925) 682 –7474.

Warmly,

John McMorris

Principal

Clayton Valley Charter High School

 

Week 1: CAASPP Math – Testing through math classes (11th Grade Only)

Monday, April 17, 2017 - Math

 

Period

Time

Minutes

2

8:00 – 10:00

120

Brunch

10:00 – 10:12

12

3

10:19 – 12:19

120

Lunch

12:19 – 12:53

34

1

1:00 – 3:00

120

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - Math

 

Period

Time

Minutes

5

8:00 – 10:00

120

Brunch

10:00 – 10:12

12

4

10:19 – 12:19

120

Lunch

12:19 – 12:53

34

6

1:00 – 3:00

120

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – No Testing

 

Period

Time

Minutes

1

8:00 – 8:50

50

2

8:57 – 9:47

50

Brunch

9:47 – 9:59

12

3

10:11 – 11:01

50

4

11:08 – 11:58

50

Lunch

11:58 – 12:33

35

5

12:33 – 1:23

50

6

1:30 – 2:20

50

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Math

 

Period

Time

Minutes

2

8:00 – 10:00

120

Brunch

10:00 – 10:12

12

3

10:19 – 12:19

120

Lunch

12:19 – 12:53

34

1

1:00 – 3:00

120

Friday, April 21, 2017 - Math

 

Period

Time

Minutes

5

8:00 – 10:00

120

Brunch

10:00 – 10:12

12

4

10:19 – 12:19

120

Lunch

12:19 – 12:47

34

6

1:00 – 3:00

120

 

 

Week 2: CAASPP English – Testing through English 3 Classes (11th Grade Only); 

CAST Science – Testing in Science Class (10th Grade Only)

Monday, April 24, 2017 – English and Science

 

Period

Time

Minutes

2

8:00 – 10:00

120

Brunch

10:00 – 10:12

12

3

10:19 – 12:19

120

Lunch

12:19 – 12:53

34

1

1:00 – 3:00

120

Tuesday, April 25, 2017- English and Science

 

Period

Time

Minutes

5

8:00 – 10:00

120

Brunch

10:00 – 10:12

12

4

10:19 – 12:19

120

Lunch

12:19 – 12:53

34

6

1:00 – 3:00

120

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 no testing

 

Period

Time

Minutes

1

8:00 – 8:50

50

2

8:57 – 9:47

50

Brunch

9:47 – 9:59

12

3

10:11 – 11:01

50

4

11:08 – 11:58

50

Lunch

11:58 – 12:33

35

5

12:33 – 1:23

50

6

1:30 – 2:20

50

Thursday, April 27, 2017- English and Science

 

Period

Time

Minutes

2

8:00 – 10:00

120

Brunch

10:00 – 10:12

12

3

10:19 – 12:19

120

Lunch

12:19 – 12:53

34

1

1:00 – 3:00

120

Friday, April 28, 2017- English and Science

 

Period

Time

Minutes

5

8:00 – 10:00

120

Brunch

10:00 – 10:12

12

4

10:19 – 12:19

120

Lunch

12:19 – 12:53

34

6

1:00 – 3:00

120

 

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