Assessment and Testing

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Students in lower grades take a district assessment in either English or Spanish in the spring. This test assesses reading in K - 1, writing in K - 2, and mathematics in K - 2. The Local Measures assessment is aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Students in grades 2 - 8 take a Lexile assessment in either English or Spanish in the fall, winter, and spring. This assessment is a critical piece of an ongoing process for monitoring and improving student reading ability.

In addition, school sites use the following types of assessment throughout the year to give a more complete picture of student performance:

  • Topic Assessments
  • Benchmark Assessments
  • Performance Assessments
  • Student Projects
  • Portfolios
  • Student Observation / Communication

State Assessments

Classroom instruction in the Chula Vista Elementary School District is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English/Language Arts, and Mathematics. The CCSS have been adopted in 45 states, 3 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

The state-mandated assessment used in the Chula Vista Elementary School District is the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This assessment is a computer-adaptive test which was successfully administered as a field test in 2013-14 and will be administered as a full test in 2014-15. During the 2014-15 year, all students in grades 3 to 8 and 11 will be tested in both English/Language Arts and Mathematics. Results will be reported. Starting in 2015-16, state and federal accountability for schools and districts will resume.

For more information about Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), visit the Smarter Balanced Website.

To take a Smarter Balanced Practice Test, click here.
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2018-19 California Science Test (CAST)

During the spring of 2019, most 5th grade students participated in the first operational test administration for the California Science Test (CAST). The computer-based CAST measures students’ achievement of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) through the application of their knowledge and skills of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts. Student Score Reports for the 2019 test administration can now be accessed through the Home Access Center by navigating to the “My Child’s School” tab under the “Parents” button of the CVESD Website. Please contact your school site for more information on how to register for a Home Access Center account.    

2018-19 California Alternate Assessment for Science – Field Test

During the spring of 2019, student with significant cognitive disabilities, as designated in their active Individualized Education Program (IEP), were eligible to participate in a Field Test for the California Alternate Assessment for Science (CAA for Science). This Field Test provide us with a general indication of students’ understanding of science. The Preliminary Indicators of how students performed on this Field Test are available for you to review at your child’s school site. Please contact your school site for more information on how to access this information.

Common Core State Standards

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