Student progress in the Norwalk–La Mirada Unified School District is assessed using a variety of assessments. These include:
- Smarter Summative Assessments (SBAC)
- California Science Test (CAST)
- California Alternate Assessment (CAA)
- California English Language Initial Test (CELDT)
- English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
- Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System includes: SBAC, CAST and CAA.
Smarter Summative Assessments (SBAC) utilize computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. This system is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and Mathematics. These tests are administered in grades three through eight and eleven for ELA and Mathematics.
California Science Test (CAST) are standards-based tests that measure the achievement of students on the Next Generation Science Standards. These state tests are administered in grades five, eight, and one grade in High School each Spring. This assessment is in the second year of the state pilot. No scores for students will be issued until the Spring 2019 test though parents will receive a report informing them that their child participated in the test.
California Alternate Assessment (CAA) is a Standards-based test administered concurrently with the Smarter Summative Assessment (SBAC) and is modified for students whose IEP team have determined that the student meets the state requirements for CAA and that the modifications of the CAA are appropriate for this student. CAA tests are available in Science in grades five and eight, and once during each student's High School span. The CAA Science remains a state pilot test until the 2018-2019 school year. No scores for this test will be issued during the pilot, however parents will receive a report informing them that their child has participated in this test.
California English Language Test (CELDT) is administered annually between July and October to identify pupils who are limited English proficient, determine the level of English language proficiency, and to assess the progress of limited-English-proficient pupils in acquiring the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in English. For Fall 2017 only students who have not previously been assessed on the CELDT will be assessed as the state transitions to a new system called ELPAC. This Spring all English Learners are required to take the ELPAC Summative Assessment to determine the student's English proficiency level according to the new English Language Development Standards. Scores for the ELPAC will be reported during the Summer. Parents will receive a notification of their child's English Language proficiency each year that they take this test.
Physical Fitness Test (PFT) uses criterion-referenced standards to evaluate performance for each fitness area (e.g., body composition, abdominal strength, and endurance). The Cooper Institute established the standards using current research and expert opinions. These standards represent a level of fitness that offer some protection against the diseases associated with physical inactivity. The PFT is administered in the spring to grades five, seven, and nine.
The district’s Language Assessment Center is located at Los Alisos Middle School, where it serves all of the schools in our district. The center’s primary function is to test new students that speak a language other than English as indicated on the Home Language Survey. Students are tested within 30 days of enrollment to determine their level of English and primary language Spanish proficiency. The information is recorded in the students’ Language fluency folders that are sent to the schools to assure appropriate placement in compliance with state and federal mandates. Families are interviewed to determine their needs and students qualification for other district services such as Migrant, Refugee and McKinney-Vento Programs.
The annual Reclassification Process is also conducted by the staff using the results of CELDT and/or ELPAC and annual reviews of English Learners’ academic progress are shared with the home schools and parents.