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Common Core Letter to Parents

October 29, 2013
Dear Parents/Guardians,

At Correia Middle School, our focus is on student learningand achievement, and on graduating all students college-prepared andcareer-ready.

Recently there have been changes in state law that will havea profound impact on the required tests taken by your student. Governor JerryBrown signed Assembly Bill 484, which means that students, on the whole, willno longer be tested on the California Standards Tests (CST) and the CaliforniaModified Assessment (CMA) in English Language Arts, Mathematics andHistory/Social Science.

The main changes for middle school students are (as we knowtoday):

State Assessments Students will No Longer Take:


State Assessments Students will Continue to Take:


New State Assessments for the 2013/14 School Year:

·         California Standards Test (CST) in English/Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 6-8; STAR Writing in grade 7; and US History in grade 8.

·         California Modified Assessments in English/Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 6-8; and STAR Writing in grade 7.


·         California Standards Test (CST) in 8th grade Science and the corresponding California Modified Assessment (CMA) for students with disabilities.

·         California English Language Development Test (CELDT) for English learners.

·         California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science (grade 8) for students with disabilities on an alternate curriculum.

·         FITNESSGRAM Physical Fitness Test in grade 7.

·         The Smarter Balanced field test in English/Language Arts or Mathematics in grades 6-8. Students will take one subject, not both. Individual scores will not be reported.



The changes to the testing program will allow the SDUSD andother California school districts to prepare for the upcoming computerized SmarterBalanced assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), whichwill focus on the 21st century skills that today’s students need:communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

To support this effort, we will be administering interimassessments in all grades in English Language Arts and Mathematics twice this year.These assessments are aligned with the CCSS and will allow students andteachers to experience the types of questions (constructed response andperformance tasks) that will be asked on the new Smarter Balanced assessments,expected to be in place for the 2014-2015 school year.

For further information on any of these changes, pleasecontact our principal, Mr. McDade.                                       .


Jonathan McDade