As a public school, FAME Public Charter School participates in California State-mandated testing. However, we also use other forms of assessment in the belief that assessment should provide immediate feedback on student learning. Appropriate assessments can and should be one of many tools a district, school, and individual teacher use to inform instruction. We take a “whole child” view when assessing our students. Not only do we consider results on state and nationally normed tests but also the student’s social, emotional, and psychological growth and development. We strive to develop a picture of the total child that in turn enables us to guide our instruction based on individual need.
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) – MAP Test
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are state-aligned computer adaptive tests that accurately reflect the instructional level of each student and measure growth over time. These tests are administered at the beginning of each semester to aid teachers in identifying the skills and concepts individual students have learned, inform instructional needs, monitor academic growth over time, and place new students into appropriate instructional programs. For more information about the NWEA program, you may go to their website at: www.nwea.org
California State-mandated assessments include:
California Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR)
The STAR testing program is made up of both the California Standards Tests (CSTs) and California Achievement Test (CAT/6).
The CSTs are the major component of the STAR program. The CSTs are developed by California educators and test developers specifically for California. They measure progress toward California’s state-adopted academic content standards, which describe what students should know and be able to do in each grade and subject tested. All students in grades two through eleven are required to take the multiple-choice CSTs. Students in grades four and seven also take the STAR writing test administered in March in addition to the multiple-choice components administered in April/May.
In addition to the CSTs, all students in grades three and seven are required to take the CAT/6 Survey for Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics and Spelling. The CAT/6 is a normed test, which allows a comparison of California students against others from across the nation. It is administered during the same testing window as the CSTs.
All Spanish-speaking, English learners enrolled in California public schools less than 12 months must take the Spanish Assessment of Basic Education, Second Edition (SABE/2) in addition to taking the CSTs. See below for more information.
For more information about the STAR testing program, please see the following web sites:
- http://www.startest.org/ For information on CSTs and CAPA
- http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/resources.asp For more information about the STAR including Released/Sample Test Questions & Topics
- http://star.cde.ca.gov/ For test results and the California Reading List
California Spanish Assessment of Basic Education, Second Edition (SABE/2)
The SABE/2 tests knowledge and skills in key subject areas and is given in Spanish. The SABE/2 allows the achievement of Spanish-speaking English learners to be compared with the achievement of a national sample of Spanish-speaking students. All Spanish-speaking students in grades 2-11 who have been in a California public school less than 12 months must take this test.
For more information about the SABE/2, please see http://www.ctb.com/
California Alternate Assessment (CAPA)
The CAPA is taken by students with significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to take the CSTs and CAT/6 Survey even with accommodations or modifications. This test assesses how well students have achieved a subset of California academic standards in English-language arts and mathematics.
For more information about the CAPA, please see the CDE CAPA website:http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/sr/capa.asp
California State High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)
All students must pass the CAHSEE to receive a public high school diploma in California. The CAHSEE is comprised of two parts: the English-Language Arts exam and the Mathematics exam. The English-Language Arts exam is made up of multiple-choice questions and a writing task. It assesses academic content standards through grade ten in reading and writing. The Mathematics exam is made up of multiple-choice questions and assesses the academic and content standards through part of Algebra 1.
All students are required to take the CAHSEE in the spring of their tenth grade year. There are no exemptions or opt-outs. Students who pass both sections of the CAHSEE in tenth grade are not required to take subsequent administrations of the test. Students who fail any portion of the CAHSEE will have additional opportunities throughout high school to pass. They are only required to retake the portion(s) of the exam not previously passed.
For more information on the CAHSEE, please see the California Department of Education’s CAHSEE website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/
California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
The CELDT is a required state test for English language proficiency that must be given to all students whose primary language as indicated on their enrollment form is other than English. Schools are required to assess for English language proficiency annually, until a student is assessed as Fluent English Proficient.
For more information on the CELDT, please see the California Department of Education’s CELDT website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/el/
California Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
The California Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is administered annually to all students in grades five, seven and nine. Administration may take place during the months of February, March, April, or May. Students are required to participate in the PFT whether or not they are enrolled in a physical education class.
The PFT assesses a student’s aerobic capacity, body composition and muscle strength, endurance and flexibility.
For more information about the California Physical Fitness Test please go to:http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf/documents/parentbrochure.pdf