Common Core Standards and Assessment

Assessment:  California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) begins 04/27/15.
Grades 3-6

Click on these links: Parent information letter, testing schedule, and technology skills needed for the test. The parent letter contains a link to practice testing. The documents are also attached below. These tests are important--they help us determine your child’s educational progress, and guide our recommendations for achievement-based groupings.

Please make sure your child is in school on time every day, and schedule medical and other appointments outside test times. Have your child get plenty of rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and bring a healthy snack and a bottle of water to school the days of testing.

Send earbuds with your student on testing days. Your child will receive the healthiest experience from using his or her own earbuds, however, a pair of earbuds will be provided for those who cannot bring their own.

Standards: New standards, called Common Core State Standards, are here for all students in California, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. These standards set high expectations for all students. They are rigorous and internationally benchmarked; research- and evidence-based; aligned with college and career expectations; and they build on the foundation laid by individual states. The aim of this state-led initiative is to develop standards that ensure all students are held to consistent expectations that will prepare them for college and career.

The California Department of Education describes educational standards as what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the CCSS to prepare student for success in college and the workplace.

An important strategy associated with Common Core instruction is project-based, or expeditionary, learning. To see a great example of project-based learning, click on this link: Expeditionary Learning Video

Click below for very parent-friendly descriptions of Common Core Standards.

For a three-minute video explaining the Common Core Standards, click here: Common Core Video

Click here for more information from the California Department of Education (CDE): CDE Common Core Information

Click here for information about math: Why is math different now?

Click here for A Parent's Guide to Helping Your Child With Today's Mat