The 2013-2014 year has already been full of changes but Titans should prepare themselves for another change. Starting in March, the California Common Core testing will be implemented. This new way of testing also brings a change in the testing schedule and who will be tested.
This year, testing will only consist of the CAHSEE, the CST, and the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test. The CAHSEE will continue on as usual as a requirement needed for students to graduate which will take place on March 18 and 19. The CST this year will only be for sophomores who will be taking the life science test and for juniors an optional Early Assessment Program (EAP) is an assessment test that juniors will be able to sign up at the counseling office in order to take the exam.
The SBAC is the new common core testing which will only administered for juniors to take. The SBAC is a computer based, performance exam that will test students in English and Math. “It’s kind of like they are giving students a set of activities and it is used to know what they can do. It’s an in-depth analysis,” assistant principal, and administrator overseeing the testing, Lissette Morales said.
“It will get harder based on how well they [the students] are answering,” Morales said. “A lot of it is very new.”
SBAC testing for all juniors will be taking place during the last two weeks of March. SBAC testing will begin March 20 with English testing and end in March 25 with the math portion. The test will be taken in juniors’ social sciences classes. The EAP will take place March 26 and 27 in English classes. The week after will be followed by testing make ups. The three week testing period will have a modified testing schedule with no early release. Mondays and Wednesdays will be a 1, 3, 5 schedule, Tuesday and Thursday will be 2, 4, 6 and Fridays will be a regular schedule.
Schools administering the new testing will not be given an API score this year. “Even though it won’t affect their performance, [the test] is still going to be based off our school. So students still need to try hard,” Morales said.