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ELPAC - English Language Proficiency Assessments for California

The California Department of Education (CDE) is transitioning from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California

(ELPAC) in the spring of 2018.  The ELPAC will be the new required state test for English Language Proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is any language other than English.   

The first operational Summative Assessment (SA) administration will begin February 1, 2018.  All students who are currently identified as English Language Learners (ELL) will take the ELPAC during the testing window in 2018.  The testing window has not been determined but as soon as that information is available to us we will share it with all of the families. This test MAY NOT be WAIVED as it is a REQUIRED state assessment for students who are currently identified as ELL or who have any other language other than English stated on their Home Language Survey.  

 

Here you will find information on the state mandated assessments that we are required to administer as well as resources for further information on the individual tests. There is general assessment information for the school year posted here to keep you current with test dates. As the testing dates approach, you will find details of locations, times, dates, etc. for each test posted. We respect your choices as the educator of your child, and also appreciate your understanding of our requirements as a publicly funded charter school. Please check back often as information is updated throughout the year.

If you do not find the information you need, please contact your Education Specialist or ES Advisor.

Overview

State Assessments

CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress)

What: CAST
How: Computer Based Field Test
Who: Grades 5, 8 & One High School grade (TBD) assigned by state.

CELDT (California English Language Development Test)

This is the last administration year for the CELDT test.  The CELDT test will only be given to initial students in the 2017-18 school year.  All returning EL students will participate in the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) in the spring of 2018.

 ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California)

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PFT (Physical Fitness Test)

Local Assessments

End of Year Assessment

Our school charter requires a student assessment at the end of the school year. To fulfill this requirement, all students must take a yearly summative assessment per the Student Agreement. Our school has an internal End of Year assessment for this purpose. However, this assessment is waived when a student takes the state mandated assessments through CAASPP as this state test provides the necessary progress data. Any students in grades 3-8, and 11 who do not take the CAASPP tests will take the mandatory internal End of Year Assessment. This test will be administered at the same time and location that the student is already scheduled to attend if he/she were taking the CAASPP test. The internal End of Year Assessment will be a computer-based, adaptive test and include ELA and Math for Grades 3-8 and 11.

Transitional Kindergarten Assessment

  • The Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Assessment is a brief assessment that assesses students letters/sounds, word recognition, number sense, and math concepts total.
  • All Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students take this pre/post assessment.
  • Total test time is 15 to 30 minutes. Scoring by hand takes less than 5 minutes.

i-Ready (Online Local Assessment)


Math Test for students in grades 8-11

All students in grades 8 and 9 are required to take a CST (California standard test) math test, based on math courses they are currently taking and math courses they have completed. Some 10th and 11th grade students may not take a CST math test.

Use the following information to determine appropriate math tests:

General Math

8th and 9th grade students who are:

  • Not yet taking a standards-based math course
  • In first year of a two-year Algebra I
  • Not taking math

Algebra I

  • 7th-11th grade students who completed Algebra I during this past summer session or who will complete it by the end of the current school year.

Geometry

  • 8th-11th grade students who completed Geometry during this past summer session or who will complete it by the end of the current school year.

Algebra II

  • 8th-10th grade students who completed Algebra II during this past summer session or who will complete it by the end of the current school year.
  • 11th grade students who will complete Algebra II by the end of the current school year.

Example: Leslie took geometry last summer and is currently taking Algebra II. Leslie is to take the Algebra II CST test.

Integrated Math 1

  • 8th -11th grade students who completed Integrated Math 1 during this past summer session or who will complete it by the end of the current school year.

Integrated Math 2

  • 8th -11th grade students who completed Integrated Math 2 during this past summer session or who will complete it by the end of the current school year.

Integrated Math 3

  • 8th -10th grade students who completed Integrated Math 3 during this past summer session or who will complete it by the end of the current school year.
  • 11th grade students who will complete Integrated Math 3 by the end of the current school year.

High School Summative Math

  • 9th-10th grade students who completed Algebra II, Integrated Math 3, or an equivalent or higher math course by the end of the current school year.
  • Grade 10 students who took the test in grade 9.
  • Students who are taking no math course during the current school year.
  • 11th grade students who will have completed Algebra II, Integrated Math 3, or an equivalent or higher math course before the current testing period.

Example: Terry, a 10th grader, completed Algebra II last school year and is currently enrolled in math analysis. Terry must take the CST high school summative math test.

No CST Math

  • 10th and 11th grade students who did not complete a standards-based math course during the past summer session and will not complete a standards-based math course during the current school year.

Example: Lee, a 10th grader, completed Algebra I in grade 9 and is currently enrolled in Consumer Math. Lee will take no CST Math.

Student retake an EOC CST for Math if:

  • They are in grade 9 and they had taken the CST for General Math in grade 8 and will not complete Algebra I or Integrated Math I course during grade 9. Those students retake the CST General Math.
  • They completed Algebra II or Integrated Math 3 in grade 8 or 9 and took the CST Summative High School Math the following year. Those students will continue to take the CST for Summative High School Math every year through grade 11.
  • They completed a course during the previous school year and took the appropriate test but are now retaking the course during the current school year.

Note: If students completed a standards-based math course during this past summer school and is also taking a standards-based math course during the current school year, the student is to take the test for the course being completed during the school year.


Students in grades 9-11 are required to take the California Science Standards EOC Tests that are course-specific. These tests are either discipline (Earth science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) or are designed for integrated science courses in which academic standards from all four science disciplines are taught in each course (Integrated Science 1-4).

Students in grades 9-11 only take a California science standards EOC test if they took a standards-based science course during the previous summer session or will be taking a course during the current school year.

All 10th graders will take a life science CST test (which is contained in the grade-level multiple choice test booklet) regardless of whether they’ve taken a life science course or not. For this reason we encourage all students to take Biology during their 10th grade year.

There are eight- standards-based science tests:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Physics
  • Integrated Science 1
  • Integrated Science 2
  • Integrated Science 3
  • Integrated Science 4

Note: Teachers of Integrated Science must identify the test most appropriate for their classes based on CST Blueprints. The blueprints can be found online at:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/blueprints.asp. Each Integrated Science test covers different percentages of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science.

If a science course is not closely aligned with a test blueprint, no science test should be administered.

Students who complete two science courses between the beginning of the previous summer session and the end of the current school year are to take EOC CST for the science course taken during the school year.

Students in grades 9-11 who will complete more than one science course for which there is an EOC CST during the school year will take only one EOC CST for science as determined by the districts STAR Coordinator. The District STAR Coordinator recommends taking the higher level course EOC.

Second year and A-G science students must also take a science standard test.

Student may retake an EOC CST for science:

  1. They completed a course during the previous school year and took the appropriate test, but are retaking the same course during the current school year.
  2. They completed an A-G science course after already having completed the standards-based science course (For example, a student completed a Biology course and took the EOC for Biology one year could take an A-G Biology course and retake the EOC for Biology in another year.)
  3. They completed a science course during the previous school year and took the appropriate test but are now taking a related course (For example, a student completed a Biology course and took the EOC for Biology last year. This year, the student will complete a related course such as Physiology and the course content closely aligns with the blueprints for the EOC for Biology.)

Not all 9-11 graders will take a science EOC test:

Examples:

  • Chris, a sophomore, took biology as a freshman, but is currently taking no science course. Chris does not take any science EOC Test but will take the Life Science CST test because he is in 10th grade.
  • Pat took Earth Science last summer, but is currently taking no science. Pat must take the Earth Science EOC test.

 

What is STAR testing?

STAR refers to the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program. STAR is a California state-mandated, standardized test established in 1997 that requires all 2-11 grade students in public school districts in California (including charter schools) to be tested annually. Upon enrollment in our charter schools, parents/students sign a charter summary in which the state mandated testing requirement is explained.

What happens to our student’s test scores?

STAR test scores are sent directly to the parent/student when received by the charter school and the scores will be put into the student’s cumulative file. The parent can choose NOT to have the test scores placed in the student’s cumulative file by selecting that option on the Student Agreement.

STAR tests are scored by a state selected independent contractor. Only aggregate school scores are sent to the state, not individual student scores.

Which tests are used in the STAR program?

The STAR test consists of three components: An achievement test chosen yearly, the California Content Standards Test, and the California Writing Standards Test (for grades 4 & 7 only)

Who must take the tests?

All students in grades 2 through 11 in California public schools, including charter schools, MUST be tested annually. The only exceptions are for students whose IEP indicates they should not be tested with a standardized test, and for those students whose parents have exempted them from testing in writing prior to the exemption deadline date. Additionally, all students in grades 4 & 7 will be administered a separate writing assessment. This test session is scheduled prior to the regular STAR tests.  Consult with your ES or see the school calendar for dates.

Do students with limited English Proficiency have to take the STAR tests?

YES, all students must take the STAR test.

May any student be tested a grade out-of-level?

No. Only special education students, with specific IEP statements, may test out of their grade level. Your student will be tested according to the grade level listed on your Student Agreement.

Where can I find further information regarding STAR?

  • For information about Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR), visit the California Department of Education's web site at:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/
  • For information on the California State Standards, and Curriculum Frameworks and

Instructional Material, visit the following CDE link:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/

  • For information on CST and NCLB blueprints, visit the following CDE link: 

 http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/blueprints.asp

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