The following information was taken from a letter sent to parents of 11th grade students on March 30, 2016:
As most of you are aware, the state adopted tougher national standards referred to as the Common Core. CAIS has been implementing these standards for the past few years. As another way to accurately measure our students’ learning, as well as help educators pinpoint areas in need of improvement, schools throughout the state started implementing new tests aligned to these standards called Smarter Balanced assessments last year. This will be our second year of implementing Smarter Balanced, but the first year our high school students (11th grade) will be taking the assessment.
Smarter Balanced assessments replaced the former statewide assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Unlike the previous, multiple-choice-only tests, the new assessments include question formats that allow students to demonstrate a broader set of skills, like critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical writing. These assessments allow students to go beyond just regurgitating facts to show what they know and can do.
At CAIS, All 11th grade students will start the assessment the week of Monday, April 25th. 11th grade students will have the option of taking the assessment during two school day sessions or an evening session to accommodate for schedule conflicts with CCC courses. All 11th grade students are required to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment. If a student has conflicts with the times of the sessions, they need to contact the main office immediately upon receipt of this letter. Students will take the assessments over a two-week period. The expected time for completing all of the tests is 6 hours.