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Smarter Blalanced/CAASP Testing Schedule and Information

CONTENT KNOWLEDGE + TEST PREP = SUCCESS (PROFICIENCY)

The GES teaching staff are focusing on helping students learn and retain information, and to be able to transfer this knowledge when taking quizzes and tests, such as the CAASP, which is given to 3rd - 8th graders in April/May each school year.  The goal in California is to have all 3rd - 8th grade students perform at the proficient or advanced level.

Teachers focus on having students learn and understand their grade level content standards and help students become better test-takers by giving them tools and practice opportunities during the school year.

If students know their grade level content/subject matter and know how to take a test, then they will do better on a test!

Whether we like it or not, testing is a big part of our lives.  For example, elementary student performance on tests can dictate if a student takes the GATE placement test or which language arts and math classes are taken in high school.



Smarter Balanced Assessment System

Latest information about the new generation of English-language arts/Literacy and mathematics assessments.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment System utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. This system is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment System has three components designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year: the Summative Assessments, the Interim Assessments, and the Digital Library. The Smarter Balanced Assessment System Graphic (PDF) and video display the relationship between these components, the CCSS, and college and career readiness.

  • Summative Assessments
    In grades three through eight and eleven for ELA and mathematics. The summative assessments are administered as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.
  • Interim Assessments
    Designed to improve and promote teaching and learning by providing information that can be used to monitor student progress toward mastery of the CCSS. These optional resources are available to all kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) teachers in ELA and mathematics.
  • Digital Library
    Consists of tools and practices designed to help teachers utilize formative assessment processes for improved teaching and learning in all grades. These optional resources are available to all California educators.

Communications About Smarter Balanced

Student Scores and Achievement Levels

Smarter Balanced summative assessment results include student scores, achievement levels, and descriptors that describe performance. These assessment results are only one of several tools used to measure a student’s academic performance in ELA/Literacy and mathematics. Smarter Balanced assessment results are most appropriately interpreted alongside other available information about a student’s academic achievement, including such measures as, classroom assignments and grades, classrooms tests, report cards, and teacher feedback.

Additional Resources:
  • Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Setting External link opens in new window or tab. – Information about the achievement level setting, also known as standard setting, including information on the involvement of educators.
  • Interpretation and Use of Scores and Achievement Levels External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) – Information on the Smarter Balanced vertical scale and achievement level descriptors.
  • ELA – A line graph displays the threshold scale scores for the achievement levels for the ELA portion of the Smarter Balanced assessments. A bar graph displays the estimated percentage of students scoring at each achievement level by grade.
  • Mathematics – A line graph displays the threshold scale scores for the achievement levels for the mathematics portion of the Smarter Balanced assessments. A bar graph displays the estimated percentage of students scoring at each achievement level by grade.
  • Reporting Achievement Level Descriptors – Provides brief descriptions of how a student performed in ELA amd mathematics.
  • Claim Achievement Level Descriptors – Provides brief descriptions of how a student performed in key area, also call claims, in ELA and mathematics.

CAASP Testing Schedule

Grenada Elementary School  Testing schedule for APRIL/MAY:

Monday

5/5/14

Tuesday

5/6/14

Wednesday

5/7/14

Thursday

5/8/14

Friday

5/8/14

 

6th grade

8:30 to recess

 

6th grade

8:30 to recess

5th grade

 

4th grade

8:30 to recess

5th grade

 

4th grade

8:30 to recess

5th grade

 

6th grade

8:30 to recess

 

8th grade

10:00 to 11:15

 

8th grade

10:00 to 11:15

5th grade

 

3rd grade

Recess to lunch

5th grade

 

3rd grade

Recess to lunch

5th grade

 

8th grade

10:00 to 11:15

 

7th grade

11:15 to 12:30

 

7th grade

11:15 to 12:30

 

 

 

 

 

7th grade

11:15 to 12:30

 

Make ups after lunch

 

Make ups after lunch

8th Science

 

Make ups after lunch

8th Science

 

Make ups after lunch

8th Science

 

Make ups after lunch

ALL grades will test in their classroom on the NetBooks.