As a program of a California public school, Excel Academy must adhere to the same state testing requirements as all other public schools. Students enrolled with Excel Academy are required to take state and local assessments, including the assessments listed below. Students who do not participate in the required assessments set by Excel Academy are subject to earn a Progress Improvement Notification (PIN). Students are allowed two PINs during the school year. Upon receiving a third PIN, the student could be subject to an involuntary withdrawal from Excel Academy. Students begin each new school year with zero PINs.
It is important to Excel Academy that our students are participating in the required assessments (i.e. i-Ready or grade level appropriate pencil/paper assessments, and state testing), so that we can set our students and school up for long term success. PINs are also given to students who complete 70% or less of the learning that should have occurred for that learning period, as determined by the credentialed teacher, or misses a school appointment, including any mandatory assessment date, special education service appointment, learning period meeting, or any other required meeting.
Why should my child participate in assessments?
Excel Academy wants our authorizing districts to know all the incredible learning that is fostered in our personalized learning model of independent study. The state of California requires all public schools that receive state and federal funding to have methods of evaluation in place to show student progress in grade level expectations and standards. Our authorizing districts require board updates noting the same student progress. Our goal to have substantive student data reflected by full student participation in assessments for each board update, our annual SARC (School Accountability Report Card for the State of California) and LCAP. The LCAP is an important component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Under the LCFF all school districts/charters are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified pursuant to EC Section 52060(d). The LCAP is a three-year plan, which is reviewed and updated as required.
At Excel Academy, we hope your vision aligns with the expectations we must meet as a California public school. Please remember participation in assessments is an important life skill for your children and results can be very helpful in early intervention as well as guiding parent choice in curriculum and instruction.
i-Ready Benchmark Assessments – Computer Based Assessments
i-Ready Benchmark Assessments are administered in September and March
- Grades 2 through 11 - tests are administered by the parent or the Education Specialist
- Grades K and 1 - paper/pencil benchmark assessments are administered by the Education Specialist (Students in K and 1 can take the i-Ready assessments per parent request.)
The I-Ready benchmark assessment is an online adaptive diagnostic test that adjusts questions to suit individual student performance. This assessment serves to indicate mastery and identify learning needs in students in grades second through eleventh. The purpose is not to give students a score or grade, but instead to determine concepts students have mastered and where students need the most support.
This required assessment will be administered once a semester, each academic year: First, in September to provide Education Specialists and parents pertinent knowledge to assist with academic support and guidance, and again in March to determine growth and goals.
Education Specialists will review the assessment results with individual families at an LP meeting. Additional support and resources including extension activities can be provided with the support of the Education Specialist in order to help guide future instruction. The optional individualized instruction plan created through i-Ready is another great resource tool for parents and students.
Kindergarten and first grade students will be given a paper/pencil assessment that will be administered by the ES during an LP meeting in place of the online i-Ready diagnostic.
CELDT – California English Language Development Test
The California English Language Development Test (CELDT) is given as an initial assessment to newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English, and as an annual assessment to English learners enrolled in transitional kindergarten through grade twelve in California public schools (celdt.org). The CELDT identifies students who are limited English proficient, determines the level of English language proficiency of students who are limited English proficient, and assesses the progress of limited English proficient students in acquiring the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English (celdt.org).
CAASPP - California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
Testing dates/locations vary in April and May in conjunction with the SBAC. The California Science Test (CAST) is an online test based on the California Next Generation Science Standards.
SBAC - Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
A computer based test. With new state standards, students are working harder, thinking more critically, and applying their learning to the real world. To measure these new standards, educators from states using Smarter tests have worked together to develop new, high-quality tests in English and math for grades 3–8 and 11. Using computer adaptive technology, the tests are customized to every student (smarterbalanced.org). Testing dates/locations vary in April and May.
Physical Fitness Test – California
The PFT provides information that can be used by (1) students to assess and plan personal fitness programs, (2) teachers to design the curriculum for physical education programs, and (3) parents and guardians to understand their children's fitness levels. The programs also provide results that are used to monitor changes in the physical fitness of California students. By law (Education Code (EC) Section 60800 public schools are required to administer the PFT annually to all students in grades 5, 7 and 9 (cde.ca.gov).
The PFT is administered by Education Specialists. Testing Includes:
- Aerobic Capacity – One Mile Run
- Abdominal Strength and Endurance – Curl-Up
- Upper Body Strength and Endurance – Push-Up
- Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility – Trunk Lift
- Flexibility – Shoulder Stretch
- Recording of Height and Weight
Updated testing resources will be distributed to Excel Academy families prior to the time of testing. This information can be shared with families for students to acclimate themselves with the various types of assessments prior to taking the tests.
Students should write down their answers prior to submitting the test. There are four major types of questions that students may see: multiple choice, multiple response, short answer, and performance assessments. Encourage students to explore and discuss the practice tests.
- California Standards Tests (CSTs) for Science
Released test questions can be located at: https://login7.cloud1.tds.airast.org/student/V173/Pages/LoginShell.aspx?c=California_PT
- Physical Fitness Test (PFT) – California
The Healthy Fitness Zone standards are available on the California Department of Education Physical Fitness Test FITNESSGRAM: Healthy Fitness Zone Charts Web page. http://www.cde.ca.gov/
College Test Prep
The College Board Code, also known as the CEEB code, is needed when taking the PSAT, SAT or AP tests. This allows the testing site and College Board to know which school the student attends. Please bring or remember your school’s College Board code when taking these tests.
California Pacific Charter School – 054470 (applicable for students in Imperial, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties)
Community Collaborative Charter School – Excel - 050033 (applicable for students in Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties)