New online era of student testing begins in Solano – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Schools across Solano County have begun giving online exams in English language arts and mathematics based on the state’s more challenging academic standards, County Superintendent of Schools Jay Speck said Wednesday.

Exact testing dates are determined by each school’s calendar and local school district officials, he said in a press release.

Vacaville Unified leaders, who will meet Thursday during a governing board meeting, will be updated on the new tests, which will begin in most district schools beginning the week of April 27, ending during the week of May 18.

With the new tests — called Smarter Balanced and developed by the Educational Testing Service — students in grades three through eight and 11 will take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), replacing the paper-based, multiple-choice Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. They will take the tests using desktop computers, Chromebooks, and tablet computers.

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