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Greetings Sea Dragon Families,

As our fourth quarter begins and our students prepare to complete another outstanding year at Aptos Junior High School, we are excited to inform you that we will begin our standards based assessment program; the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program. That is correct, it is nearly time to administer standards based assessments! 



This year, the Aptos Junior High School “testing window” for CAASPP administration is scheduled from May 9th through May 13th.


All 7th and 8th grade students will be tested in 2 subjects: English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Both grade level assessments include constructed response items, selected response items (multiple choice), and a performance task. All CAASPP assessments will be completed using Chromebooks (computers.) Additionally, 8th grade students will also sit for the 8th grade level Science Test, which is part of the former state testing program: the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR) or California State Testing (CST.) These tests will be administered On May 2nd and 3rd through your student’s science class and will be administered the traditional manner (in paper booklet form.)


There will be a modified bell schedule for the 1-week testing period (bell schedule will be posted on AJHS website). However, the modified bell schedule will only impact the composition of the regular school day and will have no impact on either the start time or end time of school.  Additionally, no assessments will be administered on Wednesday, the early release day. Make up assessments will be administered, as needed, during the testing period and continued to completion. The assistant principal, Mr. Platt, will notify students that require make-up assessments. Passes will be sent for students that require make-up assessments, and attendance will be monitored at the main office. We will do our best to balance our need to complete testing with our desire to be respectful of student needs, the academic demands of coursework, and the instructors.


AJHS Testing Bell Schedule:

Beginning Monday May 9th 2016 through Monday May 13th 2016


Testing for 115 minutes


First Bell              8:30

(Testing Block)   8:35 – 10:30         (115 min.)

Break                    10:30 – 10:42       (12 min)

1st                          10:45 – 11:17       (32 min)

2nd                         11:20 – 11:52       (32 min)

3rd                         11:55 -- 12:28      (33 min)

Lunch                    12:30 – 1:05         (35 min)

4th                          1:08 – 1:42           (34 min)

5th                          1:45 – 2:18           (33 min)

6th                          2:21 – 2:55           (34 min)


*Wednesday’s will be our regular bell schedule.


In preparation for these assessments we would request that you please take time to review some of the resources available through the Pajaro Valley Unified School District website. We have included links to the district website (http://www.pvusd.net/assessment) which offers much information including opportunities for students to practice/ prepare for these assessments on their own (scroll down the page and click on the student interface, practice and training test icon/button. Please sign on as a guest and do not attempt to enter student ID etc….) Though students have and will have an opportunity to prepare for these assessments during school hours, we wanted to offer both resources and opportunities for self-directed preparation.


Your student’s and the Aptos Junior High School faculty have been diligent in their preparation for this upcoming period of assessment. We are confident in our students and are excited by the opportunity presented by theses assessments. Though this first years’ data will serve as baseline data we, we are eager to begin this new phase of assessment.


We want to thank you all for your attention to this matter,




AJHS Administration and Staff