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  • 2018 CAST Info

    Posted by Joel Bruxvoort on 2/1/2018

    February 1, 2018

    Dear Parents/Guardians:
    California’s academic standards—the things we want students to know and be able to do—are designed so
    students graduate ready for college and a career. One way we measure their progress is through the
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments. Students across
    California in grades 3–8 and high school take these assessments each spring. Because CAASPP tests are
    given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same
    academic standards.


    This year, your 12 th grade student will take the California Science Test—Field Test on April 18-19- 20
    California’s new state standards for science call for students to think and work like scientists and
    engineers—asking questions and learning through hands-on investigation and discovery. Working with
    science teachers, California is developing a new assessment that emphasizes scientific thinking and
    reasoning. This year your child will participate in the tryout of test items for this future assessment. While
    this tryout will not provide scores for you child, it is an important first step in developing an assessment that
    will fairly and accurately measure how students are achieving on the new science standards. For additional
    information about the new science tests and sample questions, please visit the CDE’s CAASPP Science
    Assessment Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp.


    Next year, as a grade eleven student, your child will be taking part in the Smarter Balanced Summative
    Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. These tests reflect California’s rigorous
    academic standards and allow students to demonstrate analytical writing and critical thinking skills as well
    as their knowledge of facts.


    To learn more about these tests, please visit CDE’s Test Score Guide Web site at
    http://www.testscoreguide.org/ca, which provides informative guides and test score descriptions as well as
    sample test items at different levels of difficulty.
    Another great resource are the Practice and Training Tests, which can be found on the CDE’s Smarter
    Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. Here,
    parents can experience the kinds of questions that students will encounter on the tests.

    CAST 16-17
    Lastly, the Jefferson Union High School District would like to inform you that Section 852 of Title 5 of the
    California Code of Regulations permits a parent or guardian to submit to the school annually a written request to
    excuse his or her child from any or all parts of any test provided pursuant to Education Code Section 60640 for the
    school year. If a parent or guardian submits an exemption request after testing has begun, any test(s) completed
    before the request is submitted will be scored and the results reported to the parent or guardian and will be included in
    the student’s records.If you wish to opt your student out of the CAASPP assessments, please follow the
    process listed below completely on or before February 17,2017.
    1. Visit the District’s website at www.juhsd.net
    2. Click on DEPARTMENTS>EDUCATIONAL SERVICES>ASSESSMENTS>CAASPP (CAASPP Opt Out
    Process)
    3. Print and fill out the Opt Out Form.
    4. Make an appointment to submit the form to your student’s principal.
    5. Meet with the principal.

    If you have any questions regarding your student’s participation in statewide assessments, please contact
    your student’s Vice-Principal of Guidance.

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