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Multiple Measures
The Empire Union School District uses multiple measures to evaluate student achievement, progress, and success. The list below, although not exhaustive, provides an overview of the tools used.

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• Statewide Assessments


6 months ago


The California Department of Education recently moved away from the fourteen-year-old Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests, which measured students’ mastery of the California State Standards.

The new assessment program is called California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP. It is made up, primarily, of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) online assessments as well as Science assessments in grade 5 and 8. California Alternative Assessment (CAA) is an evaluation tool used for students with severe disabilities. 

Each item within SBAC are organized by Claims and Targets that help communicate a student's proficiency. The Claim is a broad statement that outlines the outcomes of achievement towards the Common Core State Standards. Each claim consists of several learning targets that better clarify specific skills that align to a cluster of standards.

Academic 'Check-up' Video about Smarter Balanced Assessments

SBAC Claims 

English Language Arts                                                    Mathematics

Claim #1- Reading                                                           Claim #1- Concepts and Procedures

Students can read closely and analytically                  Students can explain conceptual and
to comprehend a range of increasingly                       mathematical concepts and interpret and
complex literary and informational texts.                   carry out mathematical procedures with
                                                                                            precision and fluency.

Claim #2- Writing                                                              Claim #2- Problem Solving/Modeling Data Analysis

Students can produce effect and well-                          Students can solve a range of complex well-
grounded writing for a range of purposes                    posed problems in pure and applied 
and audiences.                                                                   mathematics, making productive use of
                                                                                              knowledge and problem solving strategies.
                                                                                              Student can analyze complex, real-world
                                                                                              scenarios and can construct and use
                                                                                              mathematical models to interpret and solve

SBAC Claims, Targets, and Standards listed below 

3rd Grade ELA

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade ELA

4th Grade Math

5th Grade ELA

5th Grade Math

6th Grade ELA

6th Grade Math

7th Grade ELA

7th Grade Math

8th Grade ELA

​8th Grade Math 

Testing occurs in Language Arts and Math for our grade 3-8 students. The test is completed online and is computer adaptive—the difficulty of the exam tailors itself to students' abilities.

The assessment is made up of traditional test items, where students select correct answers, and items where students have to type in constructed responses. There also will be extended writing prompts and performance tasks that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to real-world problems.

During the 2017-2018 school year, students took the Smarter Balanced Assessment online for the 3rd year (for students in grade 3-8). 

Understanding Score Report