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Achievement & Assessment

The Achievement & Assessment division’s goal is to ensure that every student learns the skills and information they need to be well educated and productive citizens. Test results are an important measure to monitor our efforts in reaching that goal.

AUSD utilizes a variety of assessments to gather data on student achievement levels in order to monitor student progress over time and to make instructional decisions in the best interest of each student. The assessments currently in use with AUSD include:

 

  • California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

  • STAR: Standardized Testing and Reporting including CMA, CAPA

  • California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

  • District benchmark tests in Language Arts and Mathematics

  • 8th Grade Portfolio

  • High School Advanced Placement Exams (AP Exams)

  • SAT/ACT

Student achievement results are housed in a central data system, EADMS, which allows each AUSD teacher web access to their students' data. The EADMS system also allows administrators to monitor school wide and district wide performance over time

The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) was previously a requirement for high school graduation.  In August 2015 Senate Bill 725 was signed by the governor, suspending the CAHSEE as a requirement for graduation for students graduating in 2014-15.  In October 2015 Senate Bill 172 was signed by the governor, suspending administration of the CAHSEE for 2015-16 through 2017-18 and suspending the CAHSEE as a requirement for graduation for all students who completed 12th grade in the 2003-04 school year and beyond.  

Senate Bill 172 goes into effect January 1, 2016.  After this date, any student who completed the 12th grade in 2003-04 or later and met all graduation requirements except for the CAHSEE will be issued an AUSD high school diploma.  As directed by the California Department of Education (CDE), this diploma will have an issuance date of January 1, 2016.  Students can pick up their newly issued diploma from the school they attended during the 12th grade AFTER January 1, 2016.

California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP)

To help families understand the CAASPP (also known as the "Common Core Test" and the "Smarter, Balanced Test"), we have created a Common Core Assessment page. Please visit it to explore a wealth of resources, including an FAQ, links to helpful websites, and updates on the test result release.

Assessment Websites

The following list of  website resources are hosted outside Alameda Unified School District's website. AUSD cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by linked sites. Linking to a website does not constitute an endorsement by AUSD, or any of its employees, of the sponsors of the site or the products presented on the site.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress - CAASPP

This link will take you to the California Department of Education for CAASPP information. The department replaced STAR (see below) with CAASPP in July, 2013. The first pilot tests were given in the spring of 2014, but the results were not released. The first official tests were taken in the spring of 2015. The CAASPP test measures students' skills and knowledge in ELA and Mathematics.

California High School Exit Examination - CAHSEE
This link will take you to the California Department of Education website for CAHSEE Information. In California, all high school students must pass a test to earn a high school diploma. The test is called the CAHSEE. Some students with disabilities do not have to pass this test. The test helps to ensure that students graduate from high school with grade level skills in reading, writing, and math. Students first take this test in grade ten. If they do not pass the test in grade ten, they have more chances to take the test. In grade eleven, they can take the test two times. In grade twelve, they have up to five times to take the test.

California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
This link will take you to the California Department of Education website for CELDT information. Students in kindergarten through grade twelve whose home language is not English are required by law to take an English skills test. In California, the test is called the CELDT. This test helps schools identify students who need to improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. Schools also give the test each year to students who are still learning English.

ACT - American College Test
This link will take you to the ACT - American College Test - website. The ACT is one of the assessments college and university admissions offices usually require to apply for admission.

Adequate Yearly Progress - AYP
This link will take you to the California Department of Education website for AYP information. AYP is required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act; AYP measures the performance of California schools and districts.

California Alternate Performance Assessment - CAPA
This link will take you to the California Department of Education website for CAPA information. CAPA is an alternate assessment for children with disabilities who cannot participate in general statewide assessment programs administered under STAR.

DataQuest
This link will take you to the California Department of Education website for Data Quest. Data Quest is a tool to create or access summary reports that are available through DataQuest including; API; AYP; Course Enrollments; Dropouts; CELDT; English Learner; Enrollment; Expulsions; Graduates; CAHSEE; High School ACT, SAT and Advanced Placement; Physical Fitness Results; Staffing; Special Education; and STAR.

Physical Fitness Testing - PFT - Fitnessgram
This link will take you to the California Department of Education website for PFT information. This site provides information regarding the physical fitness test required to be administered to students in grades 5, 7, and 9.

PSAT - Preliminary SAT
This link will take you to the College Board website for the PSAT. This website will provide you information about the PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and programs. The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT that can be taken in grade 10 and/or grade 11.

SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test
This link will take you to the College Board website for the SAT. The SAT is one of the assessments college and university admissions offices usually require to apply for admission.

Standardized Testing and Reporting - STAR
This link will take you to the California Department of Education website for STAR information. Each spring, California students in grades 2 through 11 take a series of tests through the Standardized Testing and Reporting program, more commonly known as STAR. The testing program consists of standards-based tests designed to show how well California students are mastering the grade-level content standards established by the state Board of Education. This page provides data on state, county, local district and local school student performance on STAR assessments. Assessment Blueprints, Guides, Released Test Questions, Assistance Packets as well as updates can all be accessed. Note: The State of California replaced STAR  testing with CAASPP testing in July, 2013.

 

Contacts

Carolyn Villa
Staff Secretary
510-337-7113
cvilla@alameda.k12.ca.us

Dashboard

In March 2017, the State Board of Education and the California Department of Education (CDE) released the “California School Dashboard,” a website that communicates information about public schools and school districts with easy-t0-use indicators and graphics.

The dashboard, a key piece in California’s new school accountability system, replaces the Academic Performance Index (API). That system, which relied exclusively on standardized tests and gave each school just one numerical score, was suspended three years ago. The new system provides 10 different measures (six state and four local) of a school’s “performance,” which is a combination of its current status and its growth over time.

You can see AUSD's dashboard reports here.

Assessment Calendars

Current Report Cards

Elementary Report Cards:

 

TK    Kindergarten   1st Grade     2nd Grade     3rd Grade     4th Grade     5th Grade 

Staff Intranet Access

Assessment Intranet - Click and type in your AUSD network ID and password first (i.e. jsmith).

EADMS - AUSD's new online test taking and student assessment/reporting system. If you have questions about EADMS, please contact Carolyn Villa.
   More information will follow weekly. EADMS has replaced Measures as of the new 2015-16 school year.

Measures - The system was taken offline during the summer of 2015. Assessments (ESL, benchmark assessment, and more) will be available soon through EADMS.