State Standards and Assessment

Common Core State Standards

Lakeside’s teachers have wholeheartedly embraced the transition to new State Standards. Besides continuing to gain a deeper understanding of the standards themselves, teachers are using programs such as Pearson Math Lucy Calkins’s Readers/Writer’s Workshop in their classrooms. We are also focusing on the 8 Standards of Mathematical Practice (SMPs) across the entire school TK – 5th Grade.

* California State PTA: Guide to State Standards
* California Department of Education: State Standards Parent Resource Page
* State Standards Initiative: What Parents Should Know
* State Standards Initiative:The 8 Standards of Mathematical Practice

Statewide Assessments

The new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program replaces the 14-year-old Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests. The results will represent a new baseline for California schools to measure student achievement under the State’s new standards for college and career readiness.

In Spring 2015, California schools began using a new assessment program to measure students’ mastery of the new academic standards. The new program is made up of a mix of online and paper-pencil exams. In 2016, Lakeside Joint School District students in grades 3 through 5 will take the State exams.

The online component of the new assessment program contains the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests. The test is designed to be computer adaptive, which means the difficulty of the exam tailors itself to students’ abilities. The assessment is made up of traditional test items, where students select correct answers, and items where students have to type in constructed responses. There also will be a Performance Task (PT) for ELA and mathematics that is not computer adaptive but is taken on the computer.

New System, New Baselines

It will be tempting to compare the new CAASPP results to the old STAR results. Don’t do it.

The CAASPP tests are too fundamentally different from the STAR exams to make reliable comparisons between old scores and new. For that reason, this year’s results are the new baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time.

Field tests of the new assessments conducted in California and other states, in Spring 2014, showed that many students will need to make significant progress to reach the standards set for math and literacy.

It is not unusual for results of a new system to appear low at first. When California’s STAR tests were new, in 2002, the results also set a new baseline, and student results improved quickly over time. California’s results will show improved achievement as students experience multiple years of instruction related to the skills and standards.

New Reports

The State of California is creating a new parent report that will show a child’s score on the new statewide assessments. These scores will not be used to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade. Rather, they will represent an opportunity to focus on what supports students will need to achieve college and career readiness.

See a Sample Student Report

Video: Understanding New Reports