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Finish Strong

posted May 6, 2016, 4:58 PM by Jonathan Stewart   [ updated May 6, 2016, 4:58 PM ]

There are important exams over the next few weeks that provide students and our school with measurements of academic progress.  It's especially important on testing days that students come to school on time and having had breakfast and a good night's sleep.

California’s SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium)
The SBAC replaced the CST as California’s annual test in literacy and math.  They assess students’ analytical, problem solving, and writing skills in addition to their content knowledge.  Eleventh graders take the test as a cumulative measure of progress in high school.  Literacy was this past Wednesday, May 4 & 5 and math is May 18 & 19.

AP Exams
AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams provide some of the same types of rigorous learning as college courses and the opportunity for students to earn college credit while in high school.  All 11th graders will take AP Language and 12th graders take two AP tests of their choice.  Testing dates are from May 2 to May 13.

10th Grade Science CST
This state test assesses 6th-10th grade standards in scientific methods and biology, mostly.  The state posted a practice test online.  Students will take the test this Friday, May 13.

Completing Courses
As the end of the school year approaches, it's critical that students are working hard to complete their coursework and earn a grade for each class.  Have you sat together at home to review your child's academic progress on the PLP lately (Personalized Learning Plan)?  This PLP Training presentation provides a helpful guide for accessing the PLP.  We encourage all families to log in to the PLP with their child and discuss their progress and what needs to be completed in the weeks ahead.  Your child's mentor can provide additional support.