State Testing Information
California students take several mandated statewide tests. These tests provide parents/guardians, teachers, and educators with information about how well students are learning and becoming college and career ready. The test results may be used for local, state, and federal accountability purposes.
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Assessments
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) computer adaptive assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests are administered in grades three through eight and grade eleven to measure whether students are on track to college and career readiness. In grade eleven, results from the ELA and math assessments can be used as an indicator of college readiness.
California Science Tests (CAST)
The new, computer-based CAST measures student acquisition of the California Next Generation Science Standards. It is administered in grades five and eight, and once in high school. The new computer-based CAST replaces the California Standards Tests (CST) for Science.
California Alternate Assessments (CAA)
The computer-based CAA for ELA and CAA for mathematics is administered to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in grades three through eight and grade eleven. Test items are aligned with the CCSS and are based on the Core Content Connectors. The instructionally embedded CAA for Science is administered in grades five and eight, and once in high school.
Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts
California offers the optional STS for Reading/Language Arts, which are multiple-choice tests that allow Spanish-speaking English learners to demonstrate their knowledge of the California content standards. The California Spanish Assessment (CSA) will replace the optional STS. The CSA will be a computer-based assessment that is aligned with the California CCSS en Español.
Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60615, parents/guardians may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse their child from any or all of the CAASPP assessments.
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California
California will transition from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the English Language Proﬁciency Assessments for California (ELPAC) in 2017–18. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It consists of two separate English Language Proﬁciency (ELP) assessments: one for the initial identiﬁcation of students as English learners and the other for the annual summative assessment to identify students’ English language proﬁciency level and to measure their progress in learning English.
Physical Fitness Test
The physical fitness test (PFT) for students in California schools is the FitnessGram. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting lifelong habits of regular physical activity. Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test.
Source: California Department of Education | January 2018
California’s academic standards—the things we want students to know and be able to do—are designed so students graduate ready for college and a career. One way we measure their progress is through the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments. Students across California in grades 3–8 and high school take these assessments each spring. These tests were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science (in grades five and eight). These tests measure the skills called for by the academic standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems.
Ingenium students will be taking these assessments in the months of April and May. Your school will send home a detailed letter and schedule with specific dates.
In the summer months you will receive a score report, with each subject broken down into areas. The report shows how students are doing in each area and where they need help. Depending on these needs, teachers will use this information to provide targeted help to students to address their needs.
Please remember that the results from this test are not meant to tell the whole story. Your child’s scores are meant to be one of several ways for you and your child’s teacher to see how your student is progressing in school. Test scores, along with student report cards and teacher’s observations of your child’s performance in the classroom, are used together to form a complete picture of your child’s achievement.
To learn more about these tests, please visit CDE’s Test Score Guide Web site at http://www.testscoreguide.org/ca, which provides informative guides and test score descriptions as well as sample test items at different levels of difficulty.
Another great resource are the Practice and Training Tests, which can be found on the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. Here, parents can experience the kinds of questions that students will encounter on the tests.
Per Education Code section 60615 and Title 5, Section 852, “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a parent’s or guardian’s written request to school officials to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of the assessments administered pursuant to this chapter shall be granted. Title 5, Section 852, states that each year, the local educational agency shall notify parents or guardians of their pupil’s participation in the statewide testing system and the parents’ right to request in writing to excuse their child from any or all parts of the assessments.”
If you would like to exempt your child from testing, please submit a written request to the school principal.
Triennial Wellness Assessment Report
Triennial Assessment Report
Ingenium Charter Schools Student Wellness Policy
An assessment was conducted to measure the effectiveness of the Ingenium Charter School (ICS) Student Wellness Policy. This assessment will be shared with members of the Ingenium Charter community to understand shared progress on wellness efforts in the Charter. This report will focus on three domains: 1) compliance with the wellness policy, 2) how the wellness policy compares to model wellness policies, and 3) progress made in attaining the goals of the wellness policy. The results will be made available to the public through the Ingenium Charter Schools website.
Assessment Information Section 1: Compliance with the Wellness Policy
The committee reviewed and implemented policies, shared information, and utilized resources that would support student’s wellness in Ingenium Charter. Changes to policies were reviewed, discussed, and implemented during the academic school year. The committee discussed school policies, mental health, safe schools, and nutrition education for students and staff. The committee was very active in the changes that were made to the Wellness Policy in order for Ingenium Charter to maintain its compliance.
The goal is for all students on the elementary level, to have 100 minutes weekly of quality physical education with a certified physical education teacher. A variety of standard-based physical education curriculum and nutrition education is being taught at each school site within the classroom and food service, this includes special nutrition events held at each Ingenium campus.
The Food and Beverage Policy is being enforced. Water is made available to students during meal service and throughout the day via water fountains. The Student Wellness Policy is made available to parents, to educate them on the goals of the student wellness, and to make them aware of the availability of water at school sites. Food is not being used as a means of reward or punishment. These policies have been made public to the Ingenium Charter community via the school website. However, continued community outreach efforts, can continue to improve the community awareness, and involvement with this policy.
Assessment Information Section 2: Comparison of Wellness Policy to Model Policies
The Ingenium Charter School Wellness Policy underwent its last revision during the 2017-2018, academic school year. The goal of the review was to assess compliance with the wellness policy requirements, including the changes required by the United States Department of Agriculture (UDSA); final rule published July, 2016. During the review, the policy was compared to the “Alliance for a Healthier Generation Model Wellness Policy” and the State Board recommendations.
The language in our Wellness Policy was very similar to the language in the model policy. Wording such as, health education, nutrition promotion and education, physical activity and education, drinking water, competitive foods to include, classroom parties and celebrations, vending machines, and fundraisers. There were some changes made after comparing our Wellness Policy to the model wellness policy to comply with federal, state, and local guidelines.
School Lunch, Breakfast, and Snack Programs:
Ingenium Charter’s School Nutrition Program has promoted healthy food and beverage choices for all students in the Charter and encouraged participation in all school meals. The Food Service Director (David Zlaket) in conjunction with the School Nutrition Plus, the FSM servicing Ingenium ensures that the program is operating in compliance with the rules and regulations for serving reimbursable meals in the school cafeterias.
Each school site is familiar with the policy on competitive foods. The nutrition standards for food and beverages available on school campuses have been updated to be consistent with the final rule. This rule is being enforced at each school site.
Other Foods Available on the School Campus During the School Day and After the School Day:
School sites have established rules consistent with this policy regarding foods and beverages brought from home for classroom events or parties during the school day or extracurricular activities during the school day. All schools are in compliance with the sale of food and beverages for fundraising activities. All fundraising activities are in compliance of the Smart Snack Rule, from midnight until 30 minutes after the dismissal bell rings.
Food and Beverage Marketing:
The Alliance For Healthier Generation, states that “Food and beverage marketing is defined as advertising and other promotions in schools. Food and beverage marketing often includes an oral, written, or graphic statements made for the purpose of promoting the sale of a food or beverage product made by the producer, manufacturer, seller or any other entity with a commercial interest in the product”.
Ingenium Charter is committed to providing students with healthy nutritious food and beverage choices and does no food and beverage marketing.
Physical Education and Physical Activity:
A part of student wellness, is to promote lifelong physical activity and educate all students on how to lead a healthy lifestyle, by teaching them the importance of staying physically fit. Ingenium Charter provides students opportunities to participate in physical education and physical activities, by using an age-appropriate physical education curriculum, which aligns with state standards for physical education. Elementary students are provided 100 minutes weekly of quality physical education with a certified physical education teacher.
Other School Based Activities to Promote Wellness:
In addition to the standards outlined in the policy, Ingenium Charter Schools have adopted additional goals to promote wellness. In order to support these goals, schools provide a clean and safe environment with adequate time for students to enjoy their meals, drinking water is available to students at all meal periods and throughout the school day, and schools do not use food as a reward or punishment. Nutrition events including the Alphabet Produce Train and Farm Stand are brought to each campus to promote vegetable consumption as part of healthful eating.
Updating the Public on Wellness Policy Initiatives:
The Student Wellness Policy can be found on the Ingenium Charter School website. The policy includes language that calls attention to the implementation and evaluation of the policy. Ingenium Charter is committed to being open to community feedback.
A copy of this report will also be posted on the district website for the public’s review.
Summary of Assessment Section 3: Progress Made in Attaining the Goals of the Wellness Policy
Ingenium Charter has made significant progress in attaining the goals of the Wellness Policy. The committee met during the academic year, to discuss the goals of the Wellness Policy and its compliance. Nutritional standards for breakfast, lunch, and after school snacks were implemented and followed in order to meet federal, state, and local guidelines. All schools are in compliance with the Smart Snacks final rule. For physical activities and physical education, each school site has been in compliance in meeting the weekly requirements
Alliance For A Healthier Generation (2016). Model Wellness Policy, Retrieved from https://www.healthiergeneration.org/_assetwtqdwu/14-6372_Model