Principal’s Update: STAR Testing & Common Core

In the past few weeks, you may have read about the governor signing assembly bill 484.  The main question you may be asking is, how does this affect my child?  So here are the bullet points:

  • The governor signed this bill to allow school districts and teachers to begin working with the Common Core Standards as they come into effect in the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Students in grades 2-5 will not be taking the STAR test this school year with the exception of 5th grade students taking the science test.
  • Students in 3-5 grade will take a field test of the new Smarter Balance test in either language arts or math.  At this point, we have not been told which students will be taking which field test
  • The field test will be on the computer.  There is a 10 week window for testing, so unlike STAR testing, all students will not be testing at the same time.
  • Because this is a field test, parents will not receive feedback on how their child did on the test
  • The district and school will use the field test administration process to assess our logistical and technology needs to allow students to reach their fullest potential the following year when results will be tabulated and shared.
  • Our school will not generate a new API score this school year.

Throughout the year, you will be sent more information about the Common Core Standards from our district.  There will also be a parent education night about Common Core after the first of the year.  If you would like more information about Common Core, please visit:

Erica Williams

Principal, La Mariposa Elementary School


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