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 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.
At Acacia, students will take the CAASPP test in grades 3-6 from April 11-May 5. Specific grade level test schedule information will be sent home in the first week of April in your 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). This year, fifth grade students will take the California Science Tests (CAST), a new pilot science state test that is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Since the science test is a pilot, we will not be receiving results.
Following the Spring 2017 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 2015-2016 CAASPP results indicated that we out-performed state, county and district results! Moreover, California has developed a new system to review the performance and progress of schools. That new system is called The California School Dashboard where you can view how schools are meeting the needs of students with the new state assessments (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ2SHzt6PPo). It includes multiple measures of student success with a color designation assigned to each area. The goal is for schools to get green in all areas with blue being the best you can get. I am very proud to share that because of the increase in last year’s scores, Acacia School received phenomenal results, all blue, on all measures ranking Acacia as one of the top two highest performing schools in Fullerton School District! Wow! 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.