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Michele Bryant, Director of Academic Support Services 
661-387-7000
Lead EL Instructional Aide
Translator - Spanish
661-387-7000

Canvas Training for Parents (English):         Norris English Training

 

CANVAS Training For Parents (Spanish) :     Norris Spanish Training
 
 
 

Parent Website for Spring Tests 2020-21

 
 
ELPAC PARENT VIDEOS
 
STARTING SMARTER

ELPAC Starting Smarter website external icon

  • The Starting Smarter websites help parents understand student scores and reports, view sample test questions, and provide additional free resources to support your child’s learning.

Practice and Training Tests:  https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/documents/elpacpracticetests.pdf

Practice and Training Tests web page external icon

  • This web page provides students guest access to practice and training tests. Select “Sign In” as a Guest User and Guest Session to take a practice or training test with your child. Select your child’s grade and choose a practice or training test for the following tests:
    • Smarter Balanced English-language Arts or mathematics
    • California Alternate Assessments for English-language Arts or mathematics
    • California Science Test
    • California Spanish Test
    • English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
    • Alternate ELPAC

Technology Readiness Checker for Students

Technology Readiness Checker for Students external icon

How to Use the Technology Readiness Checker for Students (PDF) external icon

Technology Readiness Checker for Student Support Guidelines (PDF) external icon

  • The Technology Readiness Checker for Students (TRCS) is a game-like tool students navigate to create a storyboard. The navigation through the TRCS is similar to the navigation used in a computer-based assessment and can be used to identify your child’s technology readiness for online testing.
  • The TRCS is not an assessment and does not provide scores.
 

January 19, 2021

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s):

For the 2021 spring administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), students will be able to take their assigned tests remotely. Our priority is to keep our students and educators safe by following state, county, and local health and safety requirements associated with the current pandemic.

This letter provides information about what students testing remotely need. Students will take the test from the safety of their homes. The test administrator or examiner will connect with each child by computer. To make sure that each student receives the most accurate score, we are providing the following guidelines for student testing:

  1.   You may assist your child with setting up the technology used to enter the test session.
  2.   To keep the test fair for all students, we ask that you do not talk about the questions on the test or any materials for the test with anyone before, during, or after the test.
  3.   No one may record the test, or use a camera or another device to take pictures of the test questions or of your child taking the test. This helps to keep the questions confidential.
  4.   We need to know that the test is being completed by your child without any help. To verify compliance, a web camera and microphone will be used to observe your child while taking the test. The camera is only used to observe your child and the surroundings during the test and will not record the session.
  5.   Please follow all instructions given by the test administrator or examiner to place the camera where your child and the child’s immediate surroundings can be observed.

If your child cannot use the computer’s camera, microphone, and speaker or headphone during remote testing, you may contact Michele Bryant or Delia Rios at the Norris School District Office at (661) 387-7000 for another way to administer the test to your child—for example, in-person test administration—when it can be done safely following state, county, and local health and safety requirements.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the district office.

Thank you for making sure your child is ready to test. With your help, we can ensure that your child, as well as all students in California, are provided with the best opportunity to succeed and show what they know.    

 

 

Michele Bryant

Director of Academic Support Services

Norris School District

 

February 1, 2021


Dear Parent/ Guardians,

As you know, we are preparing to administer the ELPAC to all of our English Language Learners during the assigned testing window (February 1st, 2021 through May 31st, 2021). You should have received the ELPAC Parent Notification regarding remote testing. We are now ready to begin scheduling appointments four your students to be assessed. We are scheduling appointments in three time blocks each day. 


Block 1 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Block 2 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Block 3 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


There are four sections of the ELPAC (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing). For TK-2nd grade students, our hope is to complete two domains in one time block. We prefer not to schedule more than one block per student per day.  For 3rd- 8th grade students, we will be setting up group testing times for you to choose from for each domain. Teachers have been made aware that this assessment is a priority and your child will be excused from class during the time they are being assessed. 


Please review the following information before scheduling your child’s remote test session. 

To make sure that each student receives the most accurate score, we are providing the following guidelines for student testing:

  1.   You may assist your child with setting up the technology used to enter the test session.
  2.   To keep the test fair for all students, we ask that you do not talk about the questions on the test or any materials for the test with anyone before, during, or after the test.
  3.   No one may record the test, or use a camera or another device to take pictures of the test questions or of your child taking the test. This helps to keep the questions confidential.
  4.   We need to know that the test is being completed by your child without any help. To verify compliance, a web camera and microphone will be used to observe your child while taking the test. The camera is only used to observe your child and the surroundings during the test and will not record the session.
  5.   Please follow all instructions given by the test administrator or examiner to place the camera where your child and the child’s immediate surroundings can be observed.

If your child cannot use the computer’s camera, microphone, and speaker or headphone during remote testing, you may contact Michele Bryant or Delia Rios at the Norris School District Office at (661) 387-7000 for another way to administer the test to your child—for example, in-person test administration—when it can be done safely following state, county, and local health and safety requirements.

Included in this envelope, is your child’s SSID Number. Please keep this number in a secure location and have it readily available on test session days for student log-in. This number belongs only to your child and should not be shared with anyone else except parents/ guardians, caretakers,  or test examiners.


Our ELPAC Test Examiners will begin setting up appointments for assessments next week by phone. We will call and work with you to schedule a date and time for testing that works best for your family. We will reach out to you by phone to set up your child’s appointment when it is time for your child’s grade level to be tested. 


We will  begin testing with our TK & K students, and progress our way up through the elementary grades. Norris Middle School students will also begin to be scheduled in the coming weeks.


All TK-2nd grade students must be tested individually for each domain (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).   All 3rd- 8th Grade students will be able to test in small groups (remotely) for Listening, Reading and Writing. The Speaking Domain for 3rd- 8th Grades will be given individually.


We estimate that this will take a minimum of two sessions, but this is not a timed test, and we know students differ in the amount of time they need to complete each domain. 


 Please see the new Parent Website for Spring Tests at the link below to review ELPAC information. 


Parent Website for Spring Tests

We look forward to working with you to schedule your child’s ELPAC. 


Michele Bryant

Director of Academic Support Services

Norris School District

Parent Website for Spring Tests

 

 Testing: It Is Going to Happen

This spring, all eligible California students will take the year-end tests based on their current grade level. This may include the:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics;
  • California Science Test;
  • Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California or a locally determined alternate assessment as determined by the student’s individualized educational program team;
  • California Alternate Assessments for ELA, mathematics, and science; and
  • optional California Spanish Assessment.

Reach out to your child’s teacher to find out which tests your child will be taking this spring.

 Learning Is Different, So Testing Is Different

Learning has probably been different for your child this year. Whatever “different” means for your family, one thing remains true—students have worked very hard and this spring they will have a chance to show what they know and can do. Since learning has been different, testing will be different too:

  • The computer adaptive portion of the Smarter Balanced tests will be shorter than in previous years.
  • This will give teachers more time to teach and students more time to master the material.
  • Testing may be done in person or remotely. This will depend on the type of test your child is eligible to take, school and district policies, and guidance from your local public health agency.

Your child’s teacher will have more information about the specific testing plan for your child.

 Different But Just As Important As Ever

The end-of-year tests will give you, your child, and your child’s teacher(s) important information about this year’s learning. Use test results along with grades, classwork, homework, and teacher feedback to understand whether your child is on track to meet grade level standards, or needs additional support.

 Here’s How You Can Help Your Student

You are an important part of your child’s education. Some things you can do to help your child prepare for testing are:

  • Connect with your child’s teacher to understand expectations.
  • Encourage your child to try their best on each question.
  • Remind your child that it’s OK not to know answers to some questions.
  • Encourage your child to answer all questions by making an educated guess when they are not sure about what the correct answer is.
  • Create a quiet place where your child can take the test.
  • Remind your child that the test results are only one way to show learning.
  • Do not attempt to help your child during the test by clarifying instructions or providing answers to questions.

Your child’s teacher will have more information about the specific testing plan for your child.

 Information for Students, Parents/Guardians, and Families Flyer