The Smarter Balanced Test is given to all 11th grade students which assess their English and Mathematics abilities as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) which is required by California State Law. This test is a computer adaptive test that is taken on-line. The California Standards Test, as part of the STAR program, will be given to 10th grade students (also required by California State law) in Science under the STAR program.
College Readiness Tests (EAP) for Juniors
Annually Juniors take part in the EAP (Early Assessment Program) to assess college-readiness.
In the past, the EAP assessment was administered in the context of the California Standards Test under the S.T.A.R. program at different times of the year. Currently, the Smarter Balanced Assessment is now solely used to determine EAP achievement levels and provide students, parents, and school/district personnel with an indicator of predicted college readiness in order to take college-level English and mathematics courses when students enter college.
Please see the joint letter from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chancellor of The California State University and Chancellor of California Community Colleges that explained this change as of last year.
How Has Common Core Changed Testing At Lynbrook?
In the past, students took part in taking the CST (Californa Standards Tests) as part of the S.T.A.R. program; however, in 2014, the state of California began to move away from giving the CST's and began giving the Smarter Balanced tests as part of the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance). In other words...Smarter Balanced is the new CST and CAASPP is the New S.T.A.R.
These new tests have two basic components. A computer adaptive (as students answer questions, the questions difficulty level changes based on the students responses) test for English and math and a performance task (fewer questions with more depth) for English and math. Both components of the test are administered on a computer. At Lynbrook we primarily use Chromebooks. These standardized tests are untimed; however, there are guidelines that the test coordinator uses to plan in order to stay within the State's recommended times they think it will take for students to complete each component of the test. Therefore, when the test is administered, the administration changes the bell schedule for the week in order to accommodate all students needs.
State tests that students in the Fremont Union High School District take regarding standards tests are as follows:
- 10th Grade - LIFE Science. This is a paper pencil test
- 11th Grade - ENGLISH Language Arts (ELA). This test is taken on a computer.
- 11th Grade - Math This test is taken on a computer.
- Early Assessment Program (EAP) results are taken directly from the Smarter Balanced test.
What is Common Core?
The Common Core is a single set of clear educational standards to ensure that students across the country have the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful. The goal is to have a universally high set of educational standards that ensure students, no matter where they live, are well prepared.
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