Assessment

Week of October 31-November 4

Snapshot of the Week

  • Monday , October 31, 2016-Character Parade (8:30 am)
  • Tuesday, November 1,2016: Dia de los Muertos Gallery Walk
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016:  Flag Football Game vs. Halecrest Roadrunners at Camarena Elementary (3:45 pm)/Military Family Game Night in MPR (6:00 pm)
  • Friday, November 4, 2016: Camarena Cafecito in MPR (7:45 am)

Upcoming Events

  • November 11-Veteran’s Day Observed-No School
  • November 21-November 25-Thanksgiving Break

Red Ribbon Week at Camarena!

Testing Schedule

testingOur state and local testing begins Monday, April 25th. Please see the link below to the calendar of assessments. The calendar is broken down by grade-level and type of test for your convenience.  You can support your child by ensuring they attend school every day on time, eat a healthy breakfast, get sufficient sleep, and reminding them to relax and do their best. If you missed our parent meeting last week on our school-wide testing we have provided the link below. Thank you for your support in ensuring each of our students are successful in their learning and life goals.

Testing Schedule for Parents 2016

End of Year Assessments 2016

 

State Testing 2015 Starts Week of April 27

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On April 27 we will begin our State testing after a year’s hiatus since the state of California has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  These tests have been called various names, however the official name is the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) – because we never met an acronym we didn’t like!  Below you will find the schedule for testing, the amount of time estimated for each grade level, and the subjects that will be tested.  Finally, I’ve shared the Camarena philosophy of assessment to set the proper tone.


We will begin with 3rd grade during the week of April 27 through May 1 and we will test one grade level at a time.  The amount of time for each test is an estimate as these are NOT timed tests, so students can take as long as they need, however they need to finish each portion of the test on the day they begin that portion.

Date

Grade Level

English Language Arts

Math

April 27 – May 1

3rd Grade

4 hours

3 hours

May 4 – May 8

4th Grade

4 hours

3 hours

May 11 – May 15

*5th Grade

4 hours

3 hours

May 18 – 22

6th Grade

4 hours

3.5 hours

*5th Grade also takes Science California Standards Test (CST) on May 7


Adaptive Testing

There is one unique feature of the CAASPP tests that our students have never experienced.  These tests are adaptive, which means, that as students answer questions the tests will get easier or harder depending on whether they get the answers correct or incorrect.  This will mean that students  who struggle, will find that the test will get easier and students who do well will find that the tests get progressively more challenging.  This is certainly an improvement from the one size fits all approach in years past.


Mindset

Assessment is a natural and important part of any educational setting.  Our philosophy is that this testing should not be approached as more significant than any other day for our students.  We expect students to bring their best thinking to school every day and testing should be no different.  There should be NO PRESSURE placed on students to perform at a certain level.  The effort  they have extended since July  and the instruction that we have carefully designed has prepared them to show what they know on these assessments and that is all we can ask.  Therefore, we will learn from how our students perform this year in order to improve our practices and strategies in the coming years.  Please contact your teacher or administration directly if you have any questions about the testing at the end of this school year.  Thanks for your partnership in creating the best possible testing environment – and indeed – the best possible learning environment all year long.