This division supports the implementation of district benchmark assessments and state assessments. The work focuses on ensuring that local assessments are aligned to classroom instruction and provide valid data that can be used to refine our instructional programs. Further we ensure that all state assessments are implemented on an annual basis and meet all state and federal testing guidelines.
We administer Renaissance STAR 360 Assessment three times annually (Beginning of the year, mid-year, and end-of the year) as our benchmark assessment.
How they work:
Star Assessments (Star Reading, Star Math, and Star Early Literacy) are online computer adaptive tests (CATs). Instead of grade-level test forms, STAR tests tailor items to a student’s responses to quickly zero in on the student’s achievement level and arrive at a reliable score.
While each STAR test is individualized and unique, blueprints ensure that a certain number of items from the domains and skill sets are presented to each student.
STAR Tests take about 15 minutes on average to complete.
STAR Assessments provide a wealth of actionable data. Information from STAR Assessments helps teachers and administrators see which students are gaining ground or falling behind, where to focus instruction, who may require intervention, and whether curriculum and interventions are making a difference.
“When data is used as part of an ongoing cycle of improvement... teachers can change their instructional practice to improve student achievement.” ~ Renaissance Learning
On January 1, 2014, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System was established. The primary purpose of the CAASPP System is to assist teachers, administrators, students, and parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.
State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of English Language Proficiency (ELP) to eligible
students in kindergarten (or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, sometimes referred to as “transitional kindergarten”) through grade twelve (ages 3-21). The English Language Proficiency Assessments for CA (ELPAC) is aligned with California’s 2012 English Language Development Standards. Beginning in 2017–18, the ELPAC is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English.