The 2022 spring administration of the MARS Math Assessment (K-8th), CAASPP assessment for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA), Mathematics (3rd-8th) and Science (5th-8th), and ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California) will begin on April 25th.
This letter provides information about what students’ experiences may look like. Students will take the assessments in their classrooms. The test administrator or examiner will ensure your child is well-prepared and ready to take their test. While these tests provide a snapshot into your child’s ELA and Math readiness levels, please remember that these scores are just one piece of data that we look at when understanding your child, the whole child. We appreciate your partnership and cooperation in ensuring the students walk into the classroom each day of their testing window ready to go:
Rest is key! Make sure your child is going to bed at a reasonable hour. Woodside will be providing many opportunities during the testing windows to build in balance with mindfulness, social, and fun activities, but it would be great to provide your child with the same outlets when they get home.
Healthy snacks and good breakfasts. Starting the day with fuel from food will ensure students’ stamina will carry them through their day. Having a good snack packed for a midday break will also be beneficial.
Be punctual. We’ll be sure to navigate the drop-off areas swiftly to ensure your child gets to their classroom on time. Please help your child to get to school on time to avoid heightened stress levels or worry. If a student is more than 15 minutes late, we will need to hold them so as not to compromise the testing environment.
If your child is going to be absent on a testing day, please let their teacher know as soon as possible.
If you have questions or concerns related to the MARS or CAASPP assessment, please reach out to Melissa Bowdoin for more information. If you have any questions related to ELPAC testing, please contact Patrick Hurley.
Thank you for partnering with us to make sure your child is ready for these assessments. With your help, we can ensure that your child, as well as all students at Woodside, are provided with the best opportunity to succeed and show what they know.