Local Assessments

  • 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.

    Test design

    Renaissance STAR Reading: For grades 1-12 or kindergarteners with basic reading skills. Test covers Word Knowledge and Skills, Comprehension Strategies and Constructing Meaning, Analyzing Literary Text, Understanding Author's Craft, Analyzing Argument and Evaluating Text.

    Renaissance STAR Math: For Grades 1-12 or kindergarteners with basic reading and math skills. Test covers Numbers, Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability.

    Renaissance STAR Early Literacy: Pre K- Grade 3, for beginning readers who do not yet read independently or need early literacy skills assessed. Test covers: Alphabetic Principle, Conept of Word, Visual Discrimination, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Structural Analysis, Vocabulary, Sentence-Level Comprehension, Paragraph-Level Comprehension, and Early Numeracy.

    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

State Assessments

  • 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. 

    The ELPAC is the test that is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through grade twelve understand English when it is not their primary language. The ELPAC took the place of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Information from the ELPAC
    helps your child’s teacher provide support in the right areas.

    The ELPAC tests four different areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

    The Summative ELPAC is given in the spring annually until a student is reclassified as Fluent English Proficient. The Initial ELPAC is given only once, upon a student’s entry into a California school.

    To learn more, go to ELPAC Resources for Parents on the California Department of Education website.

    Overview of California’s State Assessments:

     

    Test Name

     

    Content

     

    Participants

     

    Grades

    Testing Window

    CAASPP

    Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

     

     

    English Language Arts and Mathematics

     

    All students at designated grade levels (unless eligible for CAA or new to the U.S.)

     

    Grades 3–8

    Testing window can begin when 66 percent of instructional year has been completed.

    California Alternative Assessments  (CAA)

     

    English Language Arts and Mathematics

     

    Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose active IEP designates the use of an alternate assessment

     

    Grades 3–8

    Testing window can begin when 66 percent of instructional year has been completed.

    California Science Test

    (CAST)

     

    Science

     

    All students in designated grade levels (unless eligible for CAA Science)

     

    Grades 5 and 8

    Testing window can begin when 66 percent of instructional year has been completed.

    California Alternative Assessments  (CAA)

     

    Science

     

    Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose active IEP designates the use of an alternate assessment

     

    Grades 5 and 8

    January 8, 2019 through last day of instruction.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Test Name 

     

    Content

     

    Particpants

     

    Grades

    Testing Window

    ELPAC

    ELPAC Initial

     

    Listening Speaking Reading Writing

     

    All students whose primary language is not English as indicated on the Home Language Survey

     

    Grades K - 8

    Within 30 calendar days after enrolling in a California public school

    ELPAC Summative

     

    Listening Speaking Reading Writing

     

    Identified English learners until they are re-designated as fluent English proficient

     

    Grades K - 8

    February 1 through May 31

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Test Name

     

    Content

     

    Participants

     

    Grades

    Testing Window

    PFT

    FITNESSGRAM

     

    Aerobic Capacity Body Composition Abdominal Strength and Endurance Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility Upper Body Strength and Endurance Flexibility

     

    All students, regardless of whether they are enrolled in a physical education class or participate in a block schedule

     

    Grades 5 and 7

    February 1 through May 31

     

    For more detailed information please review these documents:

    California Assessment System 2018-19

    California Assessment Timeline