Assessment Department FAQs

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In which assessments will my child participate?

This chart explains which assessments students will participate in based on specific grade levels.              Assessments At-A-Glance 18/19

How can I get a basic understanding of how assessments work at Sage Oak?

The video at the following link provides a foundational overview of assessments at Sage Oak : Assessment 101 - Parent Webinar - January 2018 (36 minutes)

SB & CAST

Smarter Balanced & California Science Test

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In which sections of the CAASPP will my child participate?

  • Smarter Balanced
  • Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT)
  • Grades 3 - 8 & 11
  • ELA (CAT) & Math (CAT)
  • Performance Task (PT)
  • Grades 3 - 8 & 11
  • ELA (PT) & Math (PT)
  • California Science Test - (CAST)
  • Grades 5, 8, some 11  & 12  ONLY

What happens if my child finishes the test before other students?  Does he/she have to wait for all students to finish?

It is our goal to dismiss students as quickly and efficiently as possible, while maintaining the most secure environment for all students.  Consequently, a protocol is in place to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.

  • Parents will be notified as soon as logistically possible when students have completed testing  
  • Due to the prohibited use of unauthorized technology in the testing room, parents will be texted/contacted when students have entered the parent pick-up room
  • Students do not have to wait for all the students to complete testing, however, dismissal logistics will likely require some waiting for the student

Why do some families have to drive farther to test sites than others?

Sage Oak’s primary goal is to secure test sites which are conveniently located for our families to the degree possible.  Therefore, we annually commit many hours to this process.  There are a myriad of logistical factors involved such as:

  • Maintaining equity for all families
  • Testing window dates (Required by state w/ no flexibility)
  • Location
  • Zip codes of every Sage Oak family are considered
  • Distances from every zip code to test sites are calculated
  • Traffic patterns
  • Technology access
  • Cost
  • Site Specifics
  • Building layout
  • Number of rooms available
  • Parking availability
  • Ease of access
  • Maximum student numbers

Why do some test sites require that I wait in my vehicle until student check-in time?

We often rent facilities that have their own codes and regulations to follow as they are places of business.  Our goal is to be in good standing with these sites so we will be invited back.  Therefore, we ensure that we comply with their requirements.

  • Example
  • The presence of hundreds of students and parents waiting to enter a facility impedes the flow of business, and is therefore, prohibited
  • Sage Oak implements orderly systems for check-in and check-out to ensure our presence causes the least amount of disruption for the site

Is there a way to streamline the drop-off and pick-up process?

It is our goal to check-in and dismiss students as quickly and efficiently as possible, while maintaining the most secure environment for all students.  Consequently,  protocols are in place to ensure these processes run as smoothly as possible.  Again, our number one priority is the safety of ALL our students.

Check-In

  • Parent/Guardian sign-in for individual students in each testing room
  • Parent/Guardian confirms the correct cell phone number is listed

Pick-Up

  • Photo ID is REQUIRED upon pick-up
  • Person MUST be listed on ER Card
  • Parents will be notified as soon as logistically possible when students have completed testing  
  • Due to the prohibited use of unauthorized technology in the testing room, parents will be texted/contacted when students have entered the parent pick-up room
  • Students do not have to wait for all students to complete testing, however, dismissal logistics will likely require some waiting for each student

Why are students required to participate in state testing?

As a WASC accredited independent study program, Sage Oak is required to have a 95% participation rate in state mandated testing.  Without that, we place the program at risk of:

  • Not meeting the requirements for continued WASC accreditation
  • Not qualifying to receive the important funding that our families need for the products and services used to educate their children

Is there a place for me to wait for my child at the test site?

  • Unfortunately there are no parent waiting areas/rooms available on the actual test sites.

How can I help my child prepare for the CAASPP?

This document provides tools for students to use while preparing for the CAASPP. We highly encourage students to take advantage of these options.

CAASPP Test Prep Tools

Local Assessments

i-Ready and TK Assessment

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What is the purpose of a local assessment?

Local assessments are used to:

  • Provide a tool for TFs/EAs and parents to measure student growth
  • Pre and Post Tests provide valid comparisons to assess student achievement levels
  • Provide parents with valid student academic performance levels which can inform planning and teaching
  • Provide Sage Oak with multiple measures for assessing our students’ achievement levels
  • Provide students with an assessment very closely aligned to state testing, which familiarizes students with testing formats, etc.
  • Demonstrate overall academic growth to our sponsoring districts
  • Provide quantitative data for WASC accreditation

PFT

Physical Fitness Test

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What grade levels take the PFT?

Grades 5, 7 & 9 ONLY

What skills are included in the PFT?

The PFT includes six skills:

  • One mile run
  • Push-ups
  • Curl-ups (sit-ups)
  • Trunk Lift
  • Shoulder Stretch
  • Height and weight

How do I know if my student is ready for the PFT?

This chart shows the healthy fitness zones based on gender and grade level.

Healthy Fitness Zones

ELPAC

English Language Proficiency Assessment for California

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What is the ELPAC and is my student required to take it?

ELPAC is an acronym for English Language Proficiency Assessment for California

         

Qualifying Requirements

  • Given as an initial assessment to TK - 12 grade students who are:
  • Newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English
  • Indicated as anything other than English on the Home Language Survey upon enrollment
  • Must be tested within 30 school days of enrollment  
  • Given as a summative assessment to English Learners (ELs)
  • Identified as an English Learner (EL) in the current or previous public school
  • Must be tested annually during the ELPAC spring testing window

**Important** 

  • The ELPAC may NOT be waived if qualifying requirements are indicated