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Assessment

Assessment and Accountability

There are numerous ways that students are assessed in Common Core.  Teachers use formative assessments that help to guide instruction.  Trimester and semester report card data is based on summative assessments and district benchmarks.  SVUSD participates in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), a state led research group creating Common Core aligned assessments.  Tests are online and adaptive.

 

You can find more information at:  Smarter Balanced Website

Overview:

SVUSD follows a balanced assessment approach to gathering evidence of student academic achievement.  This balanced approach includes three levels of assessments:

1)  State assessments administered to students using California assessment guidelines.

2)  District common assessments administered to students in all schools using district assessment guidelines.

3)  School level assessments aligned to the district adopted curriculum and administered at the discretion of the school, based on student-specific needs.

 

STATE ASSESSMENTS:

CAASPP (Smarter Balanced)

The purpose of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) student assessment system is to assess a common core of academic content standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics.  Smarter Balanced assessments are designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness.

TYPE PURPOSE WHO WHEN

Adaptive, Criterion Referenced

Measures performance in Math and ELA Students grades 3-8, 11 April-May

 

Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)

The PFT criteria represents a level of fitness that offers some protection against the diseases associated with physical inactivity.

TYPE PURPOSE WHO WHEN
Criterion Referenced Measures physical fitness level in six areas All students grades 5, 7 and 9 Feb-May Annually

 

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

ELPAC is used for identification and placement of English learners.  It is also a criteria used for reclassification of EL as proficient (RFEP).

TYPE PURPOSE WHO WHEN

Criterion Referenced
Identifies students as English learners and measures their progress in learning English and proficiency Newly enrolled students who have a primary language other than English listed on the Home Language Survey (HLS):  English learners take exam annually Initial Assessments 2017.  Spring Annual Assessments

 

ELPAC scores of the students who took the annual ELPAC (29):

48% Well Developed (Level 4)

17% Moderately Developed (Level 3)

 

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

The (CHKS) is a statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, risk behaviors, and school climate and has led to a better understanding of the relationship between students' health behaviors and academic performance.  

WHO WHEN
Students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11 Spring Bi-Annually

 

District-Wide Assessments:
District-Wide Assessments:  Administered to students in all schools to monitor the implementation of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as well as to provide professional development for improving teaching and learning.  The purpose of the assessments is to monitor individual student progress, identify students who need intervention, inform instruction, and provide data for data teams and teachers.

 

Writing Benchmark

Measures CCSS Writing standards based on SBAC or Writer's Workshop rubric.  Focus is on Informational Writing:  Organization and Elaboration

TYPE WHO WHEN
Rubric-based TK-Grade 12 Spring

 

MARs tasks

Measures CCSS Math standards currently practiced through Problems of the Month (POM) and strategies from Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI)

WHO WHEN
Kindergarten - HS Math Course 2 Throughout year

 

ELA Benchmarks

Measures CCSS ELA standards currently covered in the district adopted program as well as Core Literature; supplemented as appropriate.

WHO WHEN
Grades 6-12 Throughout year

 

Math Benchmarks

Measures CCSS Math standards currently covered in the district adopted programs; supplemented as appropriate.

WHO WHEN
Grades K-12 Throughout year

 

SCHOOL-BASED ASSESSMENTS:
School-based Assessments:  Administered to students in all schools to monitor the implementation of the LCAP and CCSS, as well as to provide professional development for improving teaching and learning. The purpose of the assessments is to monitor individual student progress, identify students who need intervention, inform instruction, and provide data for data teams and teachers.  School based assessments include the following:  Accelerated Reader, Fountas & Pinnell, content area benchmarks, and IB internal assessments.

 

SVUSD Students Performed Well Again!

      ELA Graph
ELA Cohort
Math
 

Every spring, students in grades three through eight, and grade eleven, take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA (English Language Arts) and mathematics. Student achievement scores are communicated with students, parents, and guardians, school staff, and the community.  The scores are used in conjunction with other indicators for student learning to help identify students who may need additional help, identify strengths and weaknesses in a program, ascertain gaps in curriculum and instruction, and to support all levels of learners.

            * Scores in both ELA and Math continue to be higher than most of the state and county.  There was minimal overall movement in SVUSD scores in both Math and ELA.  Although not all grade levels improved in meeting or exceeding standards, when looking at cohort scaled scores (raw scores of the same group of students over time), scores improved in every grade level in both ELA and Math.

            * Scores of student subgroups, such as Socio-Economically Disadvantaged, Special Education and English learners, are areas of focus.  Because the percentage is small, comparing from year to year can be challenging.  However, specific plans and resources are allocated to ensure that the students in these groups succeed.

To search Smarter Balanced Test results by School, District, County and State Scores, go here.

Parent Handout for Elementary Report Card

Vine Hill and Brook Knoll Elementary Schools use a Common Core Standards based report card through Illuminate Data and Assessment.  For more information: Parent Handout for Elementary Report Card