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Assessment and Accountability

Assessment and Accountability

This is an exciting time for everyone in the Monrovia Unified School District.

As you may already know, we, along with thousands of schools across California, are participating in a field test of a modern assessment system designed to help shape teaching and learning in the classroom. Known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress – or CAASPP – these computer-based tests replace the STAR program.

These tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English and math, which California adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live.

 Part of the goal of the field test this year is to determine how well individual questions allow students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn. We are also taking this opportunity to see how well our technical capabilities meet the demands of computer-based assessments and to see what resources our teachers and school may yet need.

This year gives students an opportunity to try out the new system without consequences. No scores will be reported this year. Instead, we will use what we learn from this field test to help ensure a successful full launch of the system in the 2014-15 school year.

Our next step in this transition is to administer the field test to students in grades 3-8 from April 7th – May 16th. If you would like to see what types of questions students will be asked or how the test will be presented, there is a practice test available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp.

If you would like more information, please visit the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterfieldtest.asp. If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact Amy Collier at 626-471-2044.
 
The California Department of Education has established an accountability system that includes measurable expectations to be published annually.  Each of the published measures are explained and listed below.
 
Academic Performance Index (API)
The cornerstone of California's Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999; measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures.
Accountability Progress Reporting (APR)
California's integrated accountability system that reports both the state Academic Performance Index (API), and the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Program Improvement (PI).
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
A statewide accountability system mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which requires each state to ensure that all schools and districts make Adequate Yearly Progress.
A list of available web resources for parents or educators regarding a variety of assessment and accountability information.
 
School Quality Snapshots
The Smarter Balanced Assessment System is the new assessment system to measure student progress.  It will be replacing the STAR test students have been taken by 2014-2015 academic year.  These assessments will be aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11.
 
For the latest information about Smarter Balanced, click here.

For more information on the new assessments Smarter Balanced click here.
 
Smarter Balanced Practice Test, click here.
 
The California English Language Development Test, or CELDT, is administered annually to every English learner.  This can be someone is new to the USA and does not speak English, to someone who speaks a language other than English at home.  For more information on CELDT, please view the below videos.  They are available in either English or Spanish; once you have chosen the language you would like to listen to, select play to watch the video.