Southern Kern Unified School District

2014-2015 District/State Mandated Testing Calendar

  • Current regulations require the adminstration of the testing program listed below:

     

    I. California Assesment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

    • Smarter Balanced- New computer-adaptive assessments for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11. The Smarter balanced operational test will be administered for the first time in 2015. The tests will be administered during a longer testing window and students will be required to take the full battery of tests.

     

     Grade 3-8 testing Window (ELA and mathematics) February 24, 2015- May 29, 2015

     Grade 11 testing Window (ELA and Mathematics) April 1, 2015- May 29, 2015

     

    California Standards test (CST) for Science in grades 5, 8 and 10.

     

    Grade 5, 8, and 10 testing window (Science) March 26, 2015-May 8, 2015

     

    California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science in grades 5,8,and 10. CMA participation must be indicated in the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) at the time of testing. If CMA is not indicated, the student will take the appropriate CST.

     

    Grades 5, 8, and 10 CMA testing window (Science) March 26, 2015-May 8, 2015

     

    California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for ELA and mathematics in grades 2-11 and for Science grades 5, 8, and 10.

     

     Grades 2-11 and Science for grades 5,8, and 10 testing window: March 26, 2015- May 8, 2015

     

    Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading- Language Arts (RLA) in grades 2-11. The following Spanish-speaking students are eligible to take the STS, (1) English Learners (ELs) who have been enrolled in U.S. schools or territories for less than 12 cumulative months, and (2) Els receiving instruction in Spanish regardless of the length of time in U.S. schools or territories.

    Grades 2-11 STS testing Window: March 26, 2015-May 8, 2015

     

     

    II. National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)-grade 4

     

    NAEP is a congressionally mandated project administered by by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP os the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.

    NAEP uses a carefully designed sampling procedure for the assessment to be representative of schools and students in the United States on the basis of characteristics such as school location, minority enrollment , level of school achievement, and average income of the geographic area. Therefore, schools with a unique student population may be selected each assessment cycle.

     

     • Grade 4 at Westpark Elementary School and Abraham Lincoln have been chosen to participate. testing date is March 3, 2015.

     

    III. California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) - grades 10, 11, 12 and Adults

     

    All students in California are required to pass the CAHSEE to receive a high school diploma. Passing scores on both the ELA and mathematics tests are part of the requirements needed to obtain a high school diploma from SKUSD. A passing score for both ELA and matematics is 350.

    Eligible students with disabilities who have an IEP or Section 504 plan are exempted from meeting the CAHSEE requirement as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation. The IEP or Section 504 plans must state that the student is scheduled to recieve a high school diploma, and has satisfied or will satisfy all other state and District requirements for high school graduation, on or after July 1, 2009. The exemption from meeting the CAHSEE requirements ends June 30, 2015, unless the State Board of Education extends the implementation of the alternative means assessment one additional year.

    Grade 10 Students: Census and make up Testing

    Census Testing For Grade 10 students: All grade 10 students will take the CAHSEE for the first time during the census administration in the Spring of 2015. Students who are absent during the Census administration may be tested during a make up administration.

     

    The grade 10 census administration is used in calculating the Academic performance Index (API) for state accountability purposes and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) to meet federal requirements. Whether or not grade 10 students take the CAHSEE in spring 2015, schools must submit an answer document for scoring for all grade 10 students enrolled at the school on the first day of the Census.

    Make up testing for grade 10 students

     

    Grade 10 students who are absent during the census for one or both (ELA and mathematics) tests must wait until the school's scheduled make up administration to test.

     

    CAHSEE 2014-2015 Administration dates:

     

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (ELA)  &  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 (mathematics)  12th grade and Adult students only

     

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 (ELA) & Wednesday, October 8, 2014 (Mathematics) 12th grade and Adults only

     

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 (ELA) & Wednesday, November 5, 2014 (Mathematics) 11th, 12th grades and adults

     

    Saturday. December 6, 2014 (ELA) & Saturday, December 13, 2014 (Mathematics) 12th grade and Adults

     

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015 (ELA) & Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (Mathematics) 10th, 11th, 12th grades

     

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (ELA) & Wedensday, May 13, 2015 (mathematics) 10th grade (make up only) and 12th Grade

     

     

     

     

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