Thank You, Mountain Oaks Student, Parents and Staff,
As the mid-year window for i-Ready testing ends, we want to thank you for participating in this assessment and supporting our school. This is your student’s chance to shine and to demonstrate the progress they are making in our alternative learning model.
We have always known that our students are independent thinkers, who function best in an independent study setting. It has never seemed that the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests have given an accurate, or timely, picture of our students’ performance or progress. Since Mountain Oaks is a charter school, this makes proving the academic progress of our students of utmost importance.
Charter schools have to be authorized by either the local school district board, the county office of education board, or the State Board of Education. Mountain Oaks is authorized by the Calaveras County Board of Education, the Calaveras County Office of Education’s Board. This authorization must be renewed every five years, and a large piece of the renewal process is demonstrating to the authorizer that students are making progress and the school is supporting student learning. It is through assessment scores that Mountain Oaks must demonstrate the reason our charter should be renewed.
The state-mandated CAASPP is the final assessment of the year, and is the state’s required assessment of student progress. Lack of participation in the CAASPP testing will impact the funding that the school receives from the state, and lack of progress by the students will impact the charter school’s ability to re-charter. Knowing that the CAASPP has never been the most accurate measure of our students’ progress, we opted for implementing the i-Ready system last year. I-Ready is fairly accurate in predicting the way students will score on the CAASPP tests, so the mid-year scores your student has in i-Ready give a good indication of their upcoming CAASPP scores and an excellent opportunity for your students to prepare for the CAASPP and fix any areas of immediate concern.
The start of the year testing establishes the baseline for the student’s current academic levels. The mid-year testing gives a picture of the student’s progress so far this year, and offers the chance for students to do the remediation and increase their scores for the end-of-year CAASPP.
In short, our charter renewal, our funding, and the future of our school relies on your continued participation in the mandatory i-Ready and CAASPP testing. We thank you for taking the time to make our future your priority.