Dear Parents and Guardians,
This spring, students in grade eleven will participate in the administration of the Smarter Balanced assessments. The Smarter Balanced assessments are a part of California’s testing system called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These students will take tests online in English-language arts and Mathematics. In addition, the State requires students to take the online California Science Test (CAST) one time during their high school tenure. This is a test aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and is to be given to students completinng their science courses. This year all seniors will be assessed on the CAST field test. Additionally, a small number of students with special needs will participate in the CA Alternate Assessments known as CAA on English-language arts, Math (11th grade) and Science (12th grade).
The CAASPP system is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know, are able to do, and whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or career when they graduate from high school. Results will help identify and address gaps in knowledge and skills so students get the support they need to be ready for success.
Following the spring 2018 testing, students will receive an individual score report which includes an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English-language arts and Mathematics, and a comparison to the prior year’s scores. These test results, combined with all of the other information you have about your student, will provide a sense of where your student is doing well and where he or she might benefit from some extra help. As the CAST is a field test this year, no scores will be reported until the assessment is fully operational in 2018-19.
Students will take the CAASPP tests during our district testing window from 4/2/18 to 5/25/18. Specific dates for your student's school vary. Please contact your school’s test site coordinator on the list below for the specific dates or check your school website.
To learn more about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your student can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. Additionally, informative guides and test score descriptions, as well as sample test items at different levels of difficulty, can be found on CDE’s Test Score Guide website at http://www.testscoreguide.org/ca.
If you would like additional information regarding CAASPP, please visit the Parent/Student portal of the CDE CAASPP Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/.
There are some great reasons for students participating in CAASPP testing including the Early Assessment Program, Golden State Seal Merit Diploma, State Seal of Biliteracy and the ties to financial aide (FAFSA)/scholarships! Please check out the EAP flier.
We highly encourage all of our students to participate. This helps our teachers help students succeed. That being said, parents have a right to exempt their student(s) from statewide assessments pursuant to CA Education Code Section 60615. Should you wish to pursue this exemption, a written request must be received by your school’s test site coordinator prior to the date your school is administering the CAASPP test.
Thank you for your continued interest in your student's education.
Brett McFadden, Superintendent
School Site Coordinators for Nevada Joint Union High School District
|School:||Site Coordinator||Phone Number||Extension|
|Bear River High School||Polly Bauer||530-268-3700||ext. 4842|
|Ghidotti High School||Kathy Stephensen||530-274-5270|
|Nevada Union High School||Tammy Shurte||530-273-4431||ext. 2007|
|North Point Academy||Jamie Danieli||530-477-1225||ext. 1|
|NU Tech High School||Elaine Crenshaw||530-273-4431||ext. 2058|
|Silver Springs High School||Karen Mead||530-272-2635||ext. 321|
For additional information, contact:
Suzi Rosas, District Testing & Accountability Coordinator
530-273-3351 ext. 217
Nevada Joint Union High School District
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California's new accountability and continuous improvement system is based on a five-by-five colored table that produces 25 results using five colors. The reports display the schools' (by district) and student groups' placement on the five-by-five colored tables.
California has a new accountability system reported through the California School Dashboard (referred to as the "Dashboard" from this point forward). This new accountability system reports on multiple measures. The Dashboard replaces the former Academic Performance Index (API), which was based on testing results only, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The Parent Web page provides an overview of: (1) the accountability system, (2) the state priorities used to measure school performance, and (3) information on how to read the Dashboard reports.
For your convenience:
The purpose of California's new accountability system is to report on district and school performance based on the state priorities. The state priorities define a quality education more broadly than a single test score. The new system reflects a clear expectation that all districts and schools can and should improve. Also, the new system focuses on closing the performance differences among student groups (e.g., race/ethnicity, socioeconomically disadvantaged, English learners [ELs]) performance.
Districts are held accountable for all of the state priority areas, while schools and student groups are held accountable for five of the state priority areas. For accountability purposes, districts include county offices of education (COEs), school districts, and charter schools. Charter school data are not included in their authorizing district's Dashboard report.
The Parent Engagement priority area requires districts to seek parent input in the decision making process for Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) through the use of parent advisory groups. For more information on how to participate in the LCAP process, please contact our district office at 530-273-3351, ext. 206.
In addition, districts are required to promote parent participation in the district's educational programs. Districts are also required to annually report their progress at a regularly scheduled local board meeting. To obtain information on how to get involved in the decision making process or educational programs contact our district office.
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Find out more about Parent Engagement and School Climate in the Quick Reference Guide for California's New Accountability System (DOC).