By Richard Bammer
In the first full year of Common Core, Vacaville Unified students will face twice as much all-computerized state testing as they did last year, a school district officials said Friday.
In an update on the Smarter Balanced tests, Mark Frazier, the school district’s chief academic officer, and Kim Forrest, director of instruction, curriculum and assessment, told trustees Thursday that students in grades three through eight and 11 will begin testing beginning the week of April 27, ending, with the exception of one school, during the week of May 18. The test is called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASSPP), which replaces the paper-based, entirely multiple-choice Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program.
The test measures students’ ability to write analytically, think critically, solve problems, and tests their knowledge of facts in a given subject.