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Testing

Kirsten King
Director of Instructional Services
East Side Union High School District
408-347-5174
 

2013-14 East Side Union High School District

Assessment Update

 

 

CCSS Assessments

The Common Core State Standards Assessments are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015 with pilot testing in the spring of 2014 for select districts and schools. For high schools, the CCSS Assessment will be given to 11thgrade students and will consist of an English Language Arts and a Math test. Both tests will have Selected Response, Constructed Response, and Performance Task items and the content of the ELA performance task will include content from all subject areas. More information is released every week on CCSS Assessments. As more information becomes available updates will be sent out. Click on this link to preview sample assessments.  https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/

 

To assist with the transition to Common Core State Standards, district assessments will adjust by moving away from traditional assessments to ones that are more “Common Core Like”. In addition, all core subject areas will begin to work on creating a list of essential standards to emphasize and cover in-depth. This will allow for the implementation of CCSS methodologies and student depth of knowledge. It will also allow instruction to move away from the hectic pace of broad “standards coverage”.

 

STAR: The STAR assessments are scheduled to end in the spring of 2014. There is current legislation in process and waiting for a senate vote to significantly reduce STAR testing this spring. IF this legislation passes, high schools would only administer the CAPA, 10th grade Life Science, 11th grade ELA and EAP Essay, and 11th grade Algebra 2 & High School Summative Math.

 

CAHSEE: CAHSEE is scheduled to remain unchanged and will continue to be a graduation requirement. The CDE is currently working to align the CAHSEE standards to CCSS.

Fitnessgram: There not changes expected currently for fitnessgram.

Math Assessments

 

Mock CAHSEE: The Mock CAHSEE will continue to be administered in both the Fall and Spring to all 9th grade students below Algebra 2.

 

Algebra 1: We will not be administering the 6 week assessments in Algebra 1 this year but will continue to administer a cumulative semester and end of the year assessment. In addition 4 MAC Tasks will be administered and scored as departmental groups. The CCSS performance assessments are expected to be similar to MAC tasks.

 

Geometry: We will not be administering common multiple choice tests in Geometry but will be administering 3 common MAC Tasks which will be scored in departmental groups. The multiple choice assessments will are still available, but optional

 

Algebra 2: We will not be administering a common multiple choice test in Algebra 2 but will be administering 3 common MAC Tasks which will be scored in departmental groups.

 

Algebra 1, Geometry, & Algebra 2: The Common Core State Standards include content in all 3 high school level courses on Statistics. We will be implementing a unit on Statistics designed by the state of Utah aligned to CCSS expectations. Many districts around the state and around the country will be implementing this unit in preparation for CCSS. We will be providing professional development on the unit this fall.

 

Formative Assessment Lessons: In addition to the Statistics unit, all Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 classes will implement at least one formative assessment lesson aligned to CCSS standards and methodologies.

 

Curriculum Alignment: In order to assist with the transition to CCSS and to allow for more room for students to work on CCSS tasks, work will be done this fall to create a list of standards to focus on in-depth and remove/deemphasize non-essential standards.

 

English Assessments

Degrees of Reading Power (DRP): The DRP fall and spring assessment will continue to be administered to all 9thgrade students.

 

Intensive English: The SRI and R-skills assessments will be administered twice each semester for placement purposes and to measure growth.

 

English 1: Pre and post assessments will be administered during the first and second semesters to all students in English 1. Teachers and students will be able to compare pre and post assessment results to gauge learning growth, areas of student strength, and areas of needed improvement.

 

English 2: Pre and post assessments will be administered during the first and second semesters to all students in English 2. Teachers and students will be able to compare pre and post test results to gauge learning growth, areas of student strength, and areas of needed improvement.

 

English 4, ERWC, AP senior level course: Two Mock EPT exams will be administered at the end of first and second semester. The purpose of this exam is to give students an opportunity to experience a “college placement like” test and see areas of strength areas of needed improvement.

 

 

Writing Assessments:

We will form a district writing team with representative from each school to develop common writing prompts and rubrics for all levels of English. The structures, content, and modes of writing will be designed for grades 9 – 12 to aligned with CCSS expectations.

 

Science Assessments

The Biology and Chemistry 6 week assessments will not be required to allow flexibility in transitioning to CCSS and NGST.

 

Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, Physical Education, and all elective areas

These subject areas will have opportunities to administer common constructed response items this year. Department chairs will work with their Subject Area Coordinator on CCSS aligned constructed response items to assist with the implementation of writing in all content areas.

 

As more information is released on STAR and CCSS Assessments we will update you. 

Kirsten King
Director of Instructional Services
East Side Union High School District
408-347-5174