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Principal's Message

April 2017


Dear 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Colonial Acres Families,


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. These tests were created to gauge each student’s performance in English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science (5th grade only).


Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards. Given online, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing more precise measurement of individual skills.


The Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics 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. Parents will be able to compare results across three years (2014–15, 2015–16, and 2016–17) to determine their child’s progress.


Using technology for state tests (students will be using either Chromebooks, desktop computers, or tablets) is new for our students and teachers continue to receive training in how best to teach the state standards. These exams do not reflect the quality of teaching or learning in our classrooms. Our students are more than one test. There is no test that can assess all of what makes each child unique. Their achievements must be determined by a multitude of accomplishments throughout the year celebrating academic growth as well as mastery of skills, along with their social and emotional development. We thank you for sharing your children with us and for entrusting us to ensure that they acquire the skills and knowledge they need to achieve their dreams and your hopes for them. Our state testing window runs from Thursday, May 4th through May 26th. There are a total of 5 test sessions per class. Please reach out to your child’s teacher for specific test dates.

Here are some ways you can support your child:


Preparing For Testing

  • Note the test dates in your home calendar.  
  • Begin good practices of an early bedtime now, don’t wait until the night before!     
  • Praise your child for working hard and the effort he or she puts forth.
  • Be sure your child knows you value a good education.
  • Help your child build stamina in reading. Set goals and keep track!  They should be able to read without stopping for a minimum of 60 minutes in grades 3-5th.

Testing Weeks

  • See that your child is rested and eats a healthy breakfast.
  • Make sure your child arrives on time. Students who are late cannot be admitted into class until after the test and will have to take a make-up test.
  • Encourage your child to take the test seriously and to do the best work possible.
  • Please! Do not schedule any appointments during the testing weeks.

Strategies to Reduce Test Anxiety

  • Discuss the test openly and in a positive way.
  • Have realistic expectations while encouraging his/her best efforts.
  • Emphasize that the test is only one measure of academic performance.


Thank you for all you do – if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to talk to me or your child’s teacher!


Warmest Regards,
J. Ruben Olivares


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