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SRVHS CAASPP Letter to Parents 2019

February 2, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

During the weeks of March 11th - March 18th, SRVHS students will take the annual state testing called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These tests were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science. Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, as designated in their individualized education program (IEP), are eligible to take alternate assessments. This document, along with its contents, will be posted and updated on our website, www.srvhs.net.

 

As you may know, the results from last year’s CAASPP resulted in a ten percent increase of student performance, with an impressive 99% participation rate. However, the test results still indicate our scores were far below those of the other high schools in our district. To gain a clearer understanding of our performance and how it impacts our school, visit the California School Dashboard. The  California School Dashboard is an online tool designed to help communities across the state access important information about K–12 schools and districts. The Dashboard features reports on multiple measures of school success. Among the factors of a school’s performance is how well students perform on the CAASPP test. The Academic measure shows how well students are meeting grade-level standards in English-language arts/literacy and mathematics. We encourage you to explore the SRVHS Dashboard via this link: https://www.caschooldashboard.org/reports/07618040736504/2018.

 

For 11th grade students, the CAASPP tests are particularly important. Students’ 11th grade CAASPP achievement will be printed on their transcripts. In addition, it is important to know that California State University (CSU) and California Community Colleges (CCCs) use the 11th grade summative assessments in ELA and mathematics to identify students who are ready for college-level credit-bearing English and math courses.  Students who perform at Achievement Level 4 (“Standard Exceeded”) on the CAASPP examinations are exempt from taking the CSU and participating California Community College (CCC) placement tests, which allows the student to move directly into college-level courses upon enrollment. Students who perform at Achievement Level 3 will be encouraged to take appropriate courses in their senior year in order to move directly to college-level courses. More information about this Early Assessment Program (EAP) is available at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/hs/eapindex.asp  or on the CSU EAP Web page at http://www.csusuccess.org/caaspp.

 

We hope you will support us and your student(s) in this challenge. Our priority is to provide students with an environment that ensures that their performance reflects their ability and learning.  Furthermore, we strive to increase our student performance rate to equal or exceeding their peers among the District’s four high schools. To this end, we have devised a bell schedule with ample testing time where only juniors will be on campus. Students will be provided with school-issued devices, and will test in the same location for each testing opportunity. Additionally, our PTSA is generously providing a light breakfast as students enter the testing environment. Our goal is to is to encourage all our juniors to take the test with fidelity.

California’s new state standards for science call for students to think and work like scientists and engineers. Working with science teachers, California has developed a new assessment that emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning. This year, students in grade 12 will participate in the CAST test. Unlike last year, this year’s results will appear on individual score reports. This test is a critical assessment that will measure how students are achieving on the new science standards. More information regarding this test is available at:  CAST Information

 

For all students, these test results help us understand what knowledge, skills, and processes students have mastered and which ones they may still need to learn. These scores can allow parents and teachers to monitor student progress each year and help students reach and achieve their highest academic potential. We use the results as one indicator of multiple measures for various student placement purposes. Collectively, the scores reflect on our students, schools, and district.

During the test, students will use earphones to listen to videos and audio items. They will be allowed to bring their own earbuds or earphones as they may be most comfortable using their own.

 

CAASPP Window:

Math: March 13th & 14th

ELA: March 20th & 21st

Make-ups on Friday

 

San Ramon Valley will be administering the CAASPP assessment from March 13th, through March 22nd, 2019. We will use a late-start schedule to ensure that all students have ample time to complete the exam. The CAASPP is untimed, therefore students can take as much time as needed to complete the assessment. Further, students will not miss any instructional time while completing the CAASPP.  Please note that there will be late starts on March 13th & 14th and March 20th & March 21st.

 

Periods 1, 3, 5, A

Math: Wednesday, 3/13

ELA: Wednesday, 3/20

Odd Classes + A Period

Periods  2, 4, 6, A

Math: Thursday, 3/14

ELA:  Thursday, 3/21

Even Classes + A Period

Period 1   10:10 -11:20


Period 3   11:25-12:35


Lunch      12:35 - 1:10


Period 5   1:15 - 2:25


Period A   2:30-3:05


Grade 11 ONLY Testing: 8:00-10:00

Period 2   10:10 -11:20


Period 4   11:25-12:35


Lunch      12:35 - 1:10


Period 6   1:15 - 2:25


Period A   2:30-3:05


Grade 11 ONLY Testing: 8:00-10:00

 

For detailed information about each day during CAASPP testing, please click here (located below in this document).

For detailed information about the bell schedule during CAASPP testing, please click here. (located below in this document).

 

To learn about the types of questions on the tests, you can view and take the practice tests online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. There is a practice test and a performance task for each of grades 3-8 and grade 11 in both ELA and math along with answer keys in the Scoring Guides posted at http://www.caaspp.org/ta-resources/practice-training.html. For additional information about the new science tests and sample questions, please go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp.

 

I believe that our students at SRVHS are among the strongest and academically prepared in the entire nation. They have asked me for an opportunity to shine. I am confident that we have done our best to prepare and the students are ready for the tests. As a school site, San Ramon Valley has established the following goals for the CAASPP:

 

  • 98% or higher participation rate
  • 90% of 11th graders scoring “College Ready” or “Conditionally Ready” in ELA
  • 90% of 11th graders scoring “College Ready” or “Conditionally Ready” in Math

 

If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Principal Megan Keefer at mkeefer@srvusd.net.

 

Thank you for all that you do for our students, staff, and community.

Sincerely,



Jason Krolikowski

Proud Principal of San Ramon Valley High School

 

Detailed information about each day:

Monday, 3/11

Tuesday, 3/12

Wednesday, 3/13

Thursday, 3/14

Friday, 3/15

Regular 6-period Day

Early Release: Minimum Day

Periods 1, 3, 5, A

Math Performance Task

Periods  2, 4, 6, A

Math Computer Exam

Math Make-Up Testing

Regular 6-Period Day

 

Monday, 3/18

Tuesday, 3/29

Wednesday, 3/20

Thursday, 3/21

Friday, 3/22

Regular 6-period Day

Regular 6-period Day

Periods 1, 3, 5, A

ELA Performance Task

Periods  2, 4, 6, A

ELA Computer Exam

ELA Make-Up Testing

Regular 6-Period Day

 

Detailed information about the bell schedule:

 

Mondays, 3/11 & 3/18

Period A

8:05

8:55

50 Minutes

Period 1

9:00

9:50

50 Minutes

Period 2

9:55

10:45

50 Minutes

Brunch

10:45

10:55

10 Minutes

Period 3

11:00

11:50

50 Minutes

Period 4

11:55

12:45

50 Minutes

Lunch

12:45

1:20

35 Minutes

Period 5

1:25

2:15

50 Minutes

Period 6

2:20

3:10

50 Minutes

 

Tuesdays 312 & 3/19

Period A

7:35

8:25

50 Minutes

Period 1

8:30

9:20

50 Minutes

Period 2

9:25

10:15

50 Minutes

Homeroom

10:20

10:45

25 Minutes

Brunch

10:45

10:55

10 Minutes

Period 3

11:00

11:50

50 Minutes

Period 4

11:55

12:45

50 Minutes

Lunch

12:45

1:20

35 Minutes

Period 5

1:25

2:15

50 Minutes

Period 6

2:20

3:10

50 Minutes

 

Wednedsays 3/13, 3/20 & Thursdays 3/14, 3/21: CAASPP Schedule

 

Fridays 3/15, 3/22

Period A

7:35

8:25

50 Minutes

Period 1

8:30

9:20

50 Minutes

Period 2

9:25

10:15

50 Minutes

Brunch

10:15

10:30

15 Minutes

Period 3

10:35

11:25

50 Minutes

Period 4

11:30

12:20

50 Minutes

Lunch

12:20

12:55

35 Minutes

Period 5

1:00

1:50

50 Minutes

Period 6

1:55

2:45

50 Minutes

ONLY 11th graders take CAASPP exams. The exams will be proctored in English 11 and US History classes. All other students are not testing but will also have block schedules (see scheduling information below).

 

 

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For More information, check out the CAASPP parent resources page