On March 16, 2021, the California State Board of Education (SBE) took action to allow districts flexibility with administering local assessments in this school year for students in grades 3-8 and grade 11. The administration of these local assessments presents technical and logistical challenges. Additionally, it is our priority to meet the state testing requirement with as little disruption as possible to the precious instructional time we have left in this school year.
As partners in your child’s education, we wanted to inform you that South Pasadena Unified School District will administer the STAR Assessment in grades 3-5 and i-Ready Assessment (Family Center) in grades 6-8 and 11. Parents/guardians will receive their student’s STAR or i-Ready Assessment score reports from the 2020-21 Spring administration on or before July 1, 2021.
These industry-leading assessments will be administered asynchronously at home with uniform administration guidelines and recommendations. Additional information about the timing and administration of these assessments will be provided by your school site soon.
A: Star Assessments and i-Ready Assessments are short tests that provide teachers with learning data. Both tests are computer-adaptive, which means they adjust to each answer your child provides. This helps teachers get the best data to help your child in the shortest amount of testing time. Your child will take a Star and i-Ready test for English language arts (ELA) and math.
A: Teachers analyze the data they get from assessments to learn what students already know and what they are ready to learn next, to monitor student growth, and to determine which students may need additional help. Star/i-Ready Assessments are heavily researched and scientifically proven to help teachers guide each student on his or her unique path to mastery.
A: By pinpointing exactly what your child knows, teachers can personalize your child’s practice to keep them growing. Plus, short test times ensure your child spends more time learning and less time testing.
A: The best way to help your child with assessments is to help them understand why they are taking the test: Their teacher knows exactly how to help them learn! For anxious children, it may be important to tell them that they cannot fail a Star/i-Ready test—as long as they do their best, the data generated from the test will help their teacher teach them more great things!
A: Your child’s teacher is the best source of additional information about your child’s progress with Star/i-Ready Assessments.