All students, including those with Individual Educaiton Programs (IEPs), must participate in the
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program. This is a system of assessment that holds schools and districts accountable for how their students are learning and growing in the Core Curriculum. The IEP team will determine in which tests your student will participate, as well as any supports or accommodations that s/he might need.
ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN MATH AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS:
Assessment in Math and English Language Arts is required of all students in grades 3-11 each school year. The test is called the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. The tests are administered online, on a computer.
Students with IEPs may need designated supports and/or accommodations to assist them in successfully accessing the Smarter Balanced tests. The IEP team will determine the needed accommodations and supports.
Students with severe cognitive disabilites may participate in an alternative test called the California Alternate Assessment. The decision about which test the student will take is made by the IEP team. See the Parent Guide to Understanding the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs): English Spanish
ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN SCIENCE: The California Science Test (CAST) is required for students in grades 5, 8 and at the end of high school science courses. Students with significant cognitive disabilities in those grades may participate in the (CAA) in Science, as determined by the IEP team.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT:
All students who are identifed as English Learners (ELs) are required to take a test each year to determine progress in English Language Development. This includes all students with IEPs. The majority of students will take the English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC). The IEP team will indicate any designated supports or acccommodations the student may need in order to access the test. ELPAC Parent Information Guide
Students with significant cognitive disabilities may be assessed using the Alternate ELPAC, as idenitifed by the IEP team. Alternate ELPAC Parent Information Guide
Ventura County SELPA Parent Alert on Statewide Achievement Testing: English Spanish
Parent Toolkit: How Will My Child Participate in the 2019-2020 State Testing?
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