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As California Public Charters, PCI schools comply with all State assessment requirements. Teachers share student results with families, using the data as a tool to gauge learning progress, and tailor the next steps to guide instruction in the student’s personalized learning plan.

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CAASPP Smarter Balance

CAASPP testing occurs annually during the spring semester and follows CDE’s guidelines. These assessments are administered by our teachers, in person, using an online secured browser. During the 2021-22 school year, the CA Department of education released an “adjusted” format, with fewer items and less time needed for taking each test. This format will be used moving forward.

Currently, student will take the following tests:

  • English/Language Arts/ Literacy: Grades 3 through 8 and grade 11
  • Mathematics: Grades 3 through 8 and 11
  • California Science Test (CAST): grades 5, 8, and once in high school.
  • California Alternate Assessment: ELA, Math Science, as determined by student’s IEP or 504 team

There are many, many CAASPP resources for families at Secure Browser. Please download the secure browser for the correct operating system by clicking on the link above. One of the most helpful areas on the website is the “Practice & Training Tests” area. We encourage all students taking CAASPP tests to get familiar with the testing interface and types of questions they will see when they take the tests in the spring. These do not require teacher permission, proctoring, passwords, or login credentials. The Training and Practice Tests are open to students, parents/guardians, everyone! Simply select “Guest User”, then select the subject and grade, and explore!

California Science Test (CAST)

All students enrolled in grades five and eight will be administered the CAST field test. High school students will be selected by grade to participate once (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve). This new assessment is aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards.

More information on the CAST test is available on the California Department of Education’s website.

English Language Proficiency (ELPAC)

The ELPAC is the current required state test for English language proficiency that must be given to students whose primary language is other than English. The ELPAC is the successor to the California English Language Development Test (CELDT).

The ELPAC practice tests give students, parents and families, teachers, administrators, and others the opportunity to become familiar with the types of test questions on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). These practice tests include examples of all of the types of test questions that may appear in the actual Summative Assessment at each grade or grade span. In an actual test setting, an Examiner’s Manual, a Test Book, and/or an Answer Book are used. The test questions in the Practice Test are reproduced from these test materials. Click here to locate your grade level ELPAC Practice Test!

Physical Fitness Test

Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

Each year public schools in California are required to assess all 5th, 7th, and 9th-grade students in physical fitness. As an independent study (non-site based) school, this puts us in a unique situation for testing our students. We must rely on families, teachers, and administration staff to work together to complete this task.

At Pacific Charter Institute, students may complete testing at a resource center, in a small group with their homeroom teacher, or with parent oversight.

Families completing testing on their own will have guidance from their child’s homeroom teacher.

Click here for the parent guide to the physical fitness test from the CDE.

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