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
How can I get a basic understanding of how assessments work at Sage Oak?
Assessment 101 Slides - January 2020 provides a foundational overview of assessments at Sage Oak
SB & CAST
Smarter Balanced & California Science Test
In which sections of the CAASPP will my child participate?
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.
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:
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.
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.
Why are students required to participate in state testing?
As a public charter, Sage Oak must provide measurable, valid data reflecting student progress toward mastery of grade level standards to all of our stakeholders. In addition, we are required to have a 95% participation rate in state mandated testing. Without that, we place the program at risk of:
Is there a place for me to wait for my child at the test site?
There are no parent/guardian waiting areas/rooms available on the actual test sites, however, parents/guardians are welcome to wait in their cars.
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.
i-Ready and TK Assessment
What is the purpose of a local assessment?
Local assessments are used to:
Physical Fitness Test
What grade levels take the PFT?
Grades 5, 7 & 9 ONLY
What skills are included in the PFT?
The PFT includes six skills:
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.
English Language Proficiency Assessment for California
What is the ELPAC and is my student required to take it?
ELPAC is an acronym for English Language Proficiency Assessment for California