December 7, 2010
Proposed Performance Level Cut Scores for the California Modified Assessment:
English-Language Arts in Grade Nine, Algebra I, and Life Science in Grade Ten
To be used in reporting the results of the California Modified Assessment (CMA) for English-language arts (ELA) in grade nine, Algebra I, and Life Science in grade ten administered in spring 2010 and thereafter.
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
San Diego County
Office of Education
Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center
Learning Lab #1
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Santa Clara County
Office of Education
1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131
4:00 p.m. +
California State Board of Education Meeting
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, CA 95814
To: County and District Superintendents
Charter School Administrators
Other Interested Parties
In 2001, program reports for California’s Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program included, for the first time, student performance levels in ELA. Performance standards (i.e., performance levels) relate exclusively to students’ scores on the California Standards Tests (CSTs), which are aligned to California’s rigorous academic content standards. The designations for these performance levels are: advanced, proficient, basic, below basic, and far below basic.
For 2002, and thereafter, the reporting of student achievement based on these performance levels was expanded to include the CSTs in history–social science, mathematics, and, in part, science. In addition, the performance levels in ELA were modified for grades four and seven to incorporate students’ scores on the writing assessment conducted at those grade levels. For 2004, and thereafter, performance levels were reported on the grade five science CST. For 2006, and thereafter, the reporting of student achievement based on these performance levels was expanded to include science CSTs for grades five, eight, and ten.
The State Board of Education (SBE) is proposing to adopt performance levels for the CMA for ELA in grade nine, algebra I, and Life Science in grade ten, all of which were administered to students in 2010. Information on the proposed cut scores for establishing the performance levels will be made available on the SBE Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/pn/pn/starpublichearings.asp on or before December 7, 2010.
Three regional public hearings will be conducted for the purpose of gathering comments from a cross section of interested parties, including teachers, administrators, school board members, and other local elected officials, business leaders, parents, guardians, and students. Comments and suggestions are sought on the proposed cut scores on the respective tests that will determine students’ performance levels.
The regional public hearings at the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the San Diego County Office of Education on January 5, 2011, will be videoconferences. SBE members whose schedules permit them to attend and SBE and California Department of Education staff will be prepared to accept public comments and input on a continuous basis during the videoconferences. Individuals are not required to prearrange a specific time to present their comments. Oral comments will be accepted as individuals arrive. Some delays may occur if many individuals arrive at the same time; patience will be appreciated if delays do occur.
The third and final regional public hearing will be conducted in Sacramento on March 9, 2011, in conjunction with the SBE’s regular March meeting. It will begin no earlier than 4:00 p.m. and will last only as long as necessary to hear from those who wish to orally testify at that time. The SBE may, at that time, make changes to the proposed performance standards (levels) based on public input and board discussion.
Individuals need not attend a regional public hearing to present their comments. The SBE will be pleased to receive comments by mail, e-mail, or fax. See below for contact information.
California State Board of Education
Attention: Patricia de Cos
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
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