Statewide Testing

 

Testing Update Spring 2021: The California Department of Education has given districts flexibility to use the most viable option for assessment in their local context, including the option to administer district assessments in place of state tests.  In consideration of local pandemic-related factors and in line with state and county assessment guidance, IUSD will administer the following assessments this spring:

  • Grades 3-8: STAR Renaissance Reading and Math results will be reported to parents/guardians in place of CAASPP results.  School results will also be reported overall and by subgroup in each site's School Accountability Report Card in February 2022. 
  • Grade 11: Students will participate in the state Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.  Administering these assessments in grade 11 helps ensure we have data to support the Early Assessment Program for students attending California State Universities and California Community Colleges.
  • California Alternate Assessments: Students whose IEPs indicate they will take the California Alternate Assessments will either participate in the STAR Renaissance assessments or the SANDI.

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Each spring, students in Irvine Unified School District participate in statewide assessments to provide information about their skills in English language arts/literacy, mathematics, science, and physical fitness. In IUSD, we see these assessments as an academic checkup. Like class assignments and report cards, these assessments provide one piece of information about student progress toward college and career readiness. Statewide assessment results should always be interpreted as one of multiple measures of a student's skills.  Click here for a video on the importance of academic check-ups.

 

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SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENTS (SBAC)

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) includes the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) in English-language arts/literacy and mathematics for students in grades 3-8 and 11. The assessments use computer adaptive technology to provide more accurate information about student performance.  In consideration of local pandemic-related factors and in line with state and county assessment guidance, IUSD will report STAR Renaissance Reading and Math results to parents/guardians of 3rd - 8th grade students in place of CAASPP results in spring 2021. Students in grade 11 will still participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

 

3rd - 8th Grade Students: If your child completed the STAR Assessments this spring, you will receive an e-mail from NoReply@iusd.org when your child’s scores are available in Parent Portal (my.iusd.org). If your child’s scores do not appear in Parent Portal, they may not have taken the assessment or we may still be processing the results.  For additional information about the STAR Renaissance Assessments and how to interpret your child's scores, please visit this guide to Understanding Your Child’s STAR Renaissance Scores.  

 

11th Grade Students:  If your child completed the Smarter Balanced Assessments this spring, you will receive an automated e-mail from DoNotReply@aeries.com when your child’s scores are available in Parent Portal (my.iusd.org).  If your child’s scores do not appear in Parent Portal, the state may still be processing the results.  

 

 

CAASPP Results

 

Additional Resources

For additional information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, including assessment blueprints, information about achievement levels, and other resources please visit the California Department of Education website at the following link: Smarter Balanced Assessment System - California Department of Education.

 

CALIFORNIA SCIENCE TEST (CAST)

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) includes a summative science assessment in grades 5, 8, and high school.  The California Science Test (CAST) is an online test based on the Next Generation Science Standards.  In consideration of local pandemic-related factors and in line with state and county assessment guidance, IUSD will not administer the CAST in spring 2021.

 

Understanding CAST Results

Additional Resources

For additional information about the California Science Test, including assessment blueprints, information about the Next Generation Science Standards, and other resources please visit the California Department of Education website at the following link: California Science Test - California Department of Education.

CALIFORNIA ALTERNATE ASSESSMENTS (CAA)

The California Alternate Assessments (CAA) for ELA/literacy, mathematics, and science are designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities.  Eligible students participate in the CAAs for English language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11, and eligible students in grades 5, 8, and high school participate in the CAA for science.  These computer-based assessments are delivered one-on-one by a trained test examiner familiar to the student.  In consideration of local pandemic-related factors and in line with state and county assessment guidance, IUSD will not administer the CAA in spring 2021.  Students will instead participate in the Student Annual Needs Determination Inventory (SANDI) or other district assessments, and results will be provided to parents/guardians.

 

If your child completed the Student Annual Needs Determination Inventory (SANDI) this spring, you will receive an e-mail from NoReply@iusd.org when your child’s scores are available in Parent Portal (my.iusd.org).  If your child’s scores do not appear in Parent Portal, they may not have taken the assessment or we may still be processing the results.  For additional information about the SANDI and how to interpret your child's scores, please visit this guide to Understanding Your Child’s Scores on the SANDI.

 

Additional Resources

 

For additional information about the CAAs, including information about test content and guidelines for determining whether the CAA is the most appropriate assessment for a student, please visit the California Department of Education website at the following link: California Alternate Assessment - California Department of Education.

PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST (PFT)

Each spring, students in grades 5, 7, and 9 participate in the California Physical Fitness Test (PFT).  The physical fitness test used in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM, a comprehensive health-related physical fitness assessment.  The purpose of the PFT is to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity.  In accordance with SB 820, the PFT was suspended for the 2020-21 school year and will not be administered to students.

 

For additional information about the Physical Fitness Test, including test options, information about healthy fitness zones, and other resources please visit the California Department of Education website at the following link: Physical Fitness Test - California Department of Education.

English Language Proficiency (ELPAC)

This annual language assessment is required for students identified as English Learners.  The ELPAC provides a measure of student progress toward English language proficiency.  For additional information, please see the Language Development Program page.

     

    RESOURCES

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    • California PTA website
      California’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) website provides resources for parents on a variety of topics, including information about understanding and interpreting your child’s state assessment results.

     

    • California Department of Education CAASPP 
      California Department of Education’s CAASPP website includes additional information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, California Alternate Assessments, and California Science Test.

     

    RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

    • Tools for Teachers
      Tools for Teachers is the new version of the Digital Library,  which includes K-12 lessons, activities, and formative assessment resources created by classroom teachers.   Each resource is vetted by trained educators using quality criteria.  Teachers can log in using the same login they use to access the CAASPP assessments, or can sign up for a Tools for Teachers account using these directions

     

     

    • Smarter Balanced Annotated Response Tool
      This website is designed to help educators better understand the rubrics used to score students' written responses on Smarter Balanced items.  Educators can view examples of student writing, scoring annotations, and rubrics to help understand what to look for when reviewing student responses.  

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    • Lexile & Quantile Hub
      The Lexile and Quantile Hub includes instructional planning resources for educators and a variety of tools that support teachers in monitoring student growth in reading and math.   The link above will support educators in accessing the Hub through the Test Operations Management System (TOMS).