The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System consists of the following assessments:
Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy and mathematics
California Alternate Assessments for English language arts, mathematics, and science
California Science Tests
Parent and guardian resources: https://www.caaspp.org/ta-resources/parent-resources.html
***Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CAASPP testing will be virtual this year and will begin the week of April 12th. As we continue to receive detailed information and direction from the state, we will share updates with our families. Students in grades 3-8, 11 and 12th graders (who did not take the science test during high school) are required to participate.
CAASPP Test Prep
To help prepare our students for the CAASPP, three ToRs will be offering test prep sessions through January, February, and March. Specific details and Zoom links will be found on ParentSquare and your ToR’s dashboard. If you have any questions, please reach out to your ToR.
Assessment Resources links - CAASPP and ELPAC Practice Tests:
Initial and Summative ELPAC Assessments
Having English Learners take the Initial and Summative ELPAC practice tests is highly recommended. Practice tests can be found on Excel Academy’s website under Parent Tools and Assessment Resources. All designated English Learners will take the Summative ELPAC in February and March, and will be notified of their testing dates by the end of January.
English Learners (EL)
Please encourage your students to complete the required English Language Development (ELD) Curriculum daily. If you have any questions about ELD Curriculum, please contact your ToR or Excel Academy’s Title 1 Coordinator, Tamara Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. For all testing related questions, you can reach out to your ToR or to Jenny Craig, Assistant Director of Assessment and Community, at email@example.com.
Eagle Hour is offered weekly on Thursdays at 11 a.m.. Students are encouraged to attend to get to know other students within Excel Academy, and have the opportunity to engage in a lesson and tutoring session. Please refer to ParentSquare for more information.
i-Ready - Progress Monitoring and Personalized Lessons
Students performing in eighth grade or below in reading and math will be provided with personalized learning lessons that are specifically geared to each individual student's strengths and learning gaps. This is a valuable resource tool and one that is highly encouraged. Students should aim to spend 45 minutes completing lessons in both reading and math each week. Strive for 45 in each subject! Students who work on their lessons throughout each learning period will earn a special certificate from their ToRs and have the opportunity to be featured in Excel Academy's monthly newsletter. We can't wait to honor our students for their hard work and dedication!