PE testing will be completed by students in grades 5 and 7 in February 2018.
Spring 2018 PE Testing Information
Orange County PE Testing
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 6th
Location: Mission Viejo Enrichment Center
San Diego/Riverside County PE Testing
Date/Time: Friday, February 23rd
Location: Vista Enrichment Center
Smarter Balanced Testing (CAASPP)
Spring 2018 Testing Window
CAASPP Test (All students in grades 3-8) – April 23rd-May 25th, 2018
The CAASPP test includes computer-adaptive tests in both English-language arts and math, as well as performance tasks in both English-language arts and math.
Spring 2018 SBAC/CAASPP Test Flyers
OC students test at the Costa Mesa National University site.
San Diego/Riverside County SBAC Flyer (Testing dates are Friday, May 11th; Friday, May 18th; and Friday, May 25th, 2018.)
SD/Riverside students test at the NUA Dual-Language Institute/Vista Enrichment Center site. *Please note the new location for Spring 2018 Testing.
Desmos 4-Function Calculator (this is the new calculator style that is embedded in the SBAC math tests)
Smarter Balanced Sample Items (Additional practice test items).
CAASPP Practice and Training Tests (includes practice tests for the Language Arts and Math Computer-Adaptive Tests [CAT] and Performance Tasks [PT], as well as the California Science Tests [CAST]).
CAASPP Practice and Training Tests – Scoring Guides
- Grade 3 Math CAT
- Grade 3 Math PT
- Grade 3 Language Arts CAT
- Grade 3 Language Arts PT
- Grade 4 Math CAT
- Grade 4 Math PT
- Grade 4 Language Arts CAT
- Grade 4 Language Arts PT
- Grade 5 Math CAT
- Grade 5 Math PT
- Grade 5 Language Arts CAT
- Grade 5 Language Arts PT
- Grade 6 Math CAT
- Grade 6 Math PT
- Grade 6 Language Arts CAT
- Grade 6 Language Arts PT
- Grade 7 Math CAT
- Grade 7 Math PT
- Grade 7 Language Arts CAT
- Grade 7 Language Arts PT
- Grade 8 Math CAT
- Grade 8 Math PT
- Grade 8 Language Arts CAT
- Grade 8 Language Arts PT
CAST Science Testing
Beginning in 2017, students in grades 5 and 8 will also take the new computer-based CAST science assessment. This test will include computer-adaptive items, as well as performance tasks. CAST practice tests are included below.
Spring 2018 Testing Window – April 23rd-May 18th, 2018
CAST Practice and Training Tests (Grades 5 and 8)
Helpful Testing Resources
Free Online Typing Programs (helpful in getting students used to the computer keyboard for all the typing parts of the test)
**Ask your EA for a free subscription to Typing Agent.**
Math of the Month Problems
CAASPP Test Score Data
NUA Home School Scores on the 2016 CAASPP (ELA and Math)
How Home School compares to NUA as a whole – CAASPP 2016 (ELA and Math)
What do these charts and graphs mean?
- Almost half of our students (48%) met or exceeded standards on the English-Language Arts assessment in 2016.
- Home School students scored slightly better on the English-language arts (“ELA”) assessment than the school as a whole. 21% of Home School students exceeded the standards, while 16% of students from NUA as a whole exceeded the standards in ELA.
- We line-up almost exactly with the state-wide scores for ELA. 48% of NUA Home School students met or exceeded the ELA standards in 2016, compared to 47% of students state-wide.
- We do need to work on math. Only 33% of our students met or exceeded the standards on the math assessment in 2016.
- NUA Home School scored slightly worse than students from across the state on the same test (33% of NUA Home School students met or exceeded the math standards, compared to 37% of students state-wide).
- That said, Home School students scored slightly better than NUA as a whole on the math CAASPP assessment. We’re not far off the rest of the state in math, but there is room for improvement.
What is NUA doing to help students improve in math?
- Home School students have access to a wide variety of math curricula and supplements that support student learning. This allows students to choose the best-fit materials for their academic level and learning style.
- Tutoring is available through our Instructional Vendors. Your EA can help you find a private tutor or tutoring center in your area.
- Online math support is available. Students have access to Dream Box Math for free. Multiplication Nation is another great support program (there is a fee, but you can use instructional funds). Khan Academy is always open (and free!) to provide on-demand math support for your child’s current math topic.
- We encourage students to complete the Math of the Month problems above to practice the in-depth CAASPP performance tasks. Students are also encouraged to use the CAASPP practice tests: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/
- Parents and teachers are encouraged to use data from the NWEA assessments to guide instruction and fill in any math gaps that exist.