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Test Dates for 2018-19

The following test dates are District-wide. Please refer to your school's calendar or main office for more detailed information.

Test                                                Who Takes It                                                                   When               
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

Initial: All English Learners and students enrolling in CA public school for the first time

 

Summative: All English Learners

Initial: Upon enrolling

 

Summative: Feb. - March

PSAT/NMSQT

10th (practice) and 11th graders (NMQST) Oct. 13

Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

All 9th graders March - May

CAASPP (Smarter Balanced Assessment)                         

All 11th graders (English/Language Arts and Mathematics) March - April
California Alternate Assessment (Cal-Alt) Eligible 11th graders (English/Language Arts and Mathematics)    March - April             

California Science Test 

All students in the designated grade level

March - April

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students who register for exams May 6-17

Test Information

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASSPP)

What is CAASPP?

CAASPP stands for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. This series of tests replaced the STAR program. CAASPP includes the following state assessments for high school students:

Grades 10, 11, or 12 (assigned by the state to each school): Calfornia Standards Test (CAST) Field Test

Grade 11: Smarter Balanced Assessment or California Alternate Assessment (Cal-Alt)

California Alternate Assessment

This assessment (sometimes called CAA or Cal-Alt) is designed for 11th grade students who are deemed eligible by their IEP team, and is administered in a one-to-one setting by a trained, certificated teacher. It is a computer-based test aligned to the Core Content Connectors (CCCs), alternate achievement standards which are linked to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English-Language Arts and mathematics. It replaces the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) which was part of the STAR testing program.

Results for the Cal-Alt in English-Language Arts and Mathematics will be published later this summer. Student score reports will be sent home in late August/early September. The Cal-Alt in Science was a pilot test in Spring 2017 and no results are available.

For more information, visit the CDE website.

CAASPP Results and College Readiness

1th graders taking the Smarter Balanced assessments receive information about their readiness for college-level work. This information is based on results from the Smarter Balanced assessments and indicates college readiness as one of three status categories:

Ready for College

Overall achievement Level 4, Standard Exceeded

Conditionally Ready for College

Overall achievement Level 3, Standard Met

Not Ready for College

Overall achievement Level 2, Standard Nearly Met or Level 1, Standard Not Met

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Through college-level Advanced Placement courses, students are exposed to knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school. Through AP Exams, they have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation’s colleges and universities. The College Board, a non-profit association based in New York City, runs the AP program. AP courses offered vary at each high school.

AP Exam Registration

AP Chinese Exam Registration

Over the last several years, FUHSD has heard from community members concerned about the number of AP Chinese exams that the District is able to administer each year to students. This concern has been recently raised again via this Change.org petition.  

It is important to note that every student in the District who is taking AP Chinese during the school year and chooses to take the AP exam is able to take the exam. FUHSD is committed to offering as many opportunities for students to take this exam as feasible. It is also important to note that FUHSD administered over 300 AP Chinese exams last year. 

The AP Chinese exam is particularly challenging to offer, compared to other Advanced Placement exams. The College Board has strict requirements regarding computer specifications, network security, testing facility layout and personnel for the AP exam on the two designated days it can be given. The FUHSD uses every available authorized computer to administer this test. Some computers are not available over the two days of testing because they are being used for instruction in other classes, or for other AP exams that require computers. 

Because computer space is limited, the District prioritizes access to the exam in the following ways:
1.      First priority goes to students who are currently enrolled in our AP Chinese course;
2.      Second priority goes to students who are seniors, whether or not they are enrolled in our AP Chinese course;
3.      Third priority goes to juniors, whether or not they are enrolled in our AP Chinese course; and
4.      Fourth priority goes to students who are in our lower level Chinese classes and want to take the exam.

Because of the highly regulated nature of the College Board’s AP exam protocols, it is fairly typical for schools and districts to limit exams to only those students who are currently enrolled in a particular AP program, with first priority going to the District’s own students, and if space is available, to students from outside the district. Given the limited number of seats and the high demand for the AP Chinese exam, the District does not allow non-FUHSD students to take the exam with us.

Over the last few years, the District has made a concerted effort to increase the number of authorized computers. However, we are typically able to accommodate only those students in groups 1 and 2 due to the limitations described above. In each of the last five years, we have been able to include only a handful of students from groups 3 and 4. 

The FUHSD is committed to continuing to address the needs of all our students. 


Due to a limited number of seats, registration for the AP Chinese Language & Culture exam will be managed with a priority registration process. Please refer to the chart below for details; dates of registration for priority groups will be published in late January. This exam costs $115 and is not open to non-FUHSD students. 

Priority

Who can register

Group 1

1/29-2/02

  • Students enrolled in FUHSD AP Chinese class
  • Any 12th grader

Group 2

2/05-2/09

  • Students enrolled in FUHSD AP Chinese class
  • Any 12th grader
  • Any 11th grader

Group 3

2/12-2/16

  • Students enrolled in FUHSD AP Chinese class
  • Any 12th grader
  • Any 11th grader
  • 9th or 10th graders enrolled in FUHSD Chinese program

Group 4

2/26-3/01

  • 9th and 10th grade students not enrolled in FUHSD Chinese program may sign up for the lottery of remaining seats (if available after groups 1, 2, and 3). The online form will be open from Monday, February 26 at 7:00 a.m. and will close on Thursday, March 1 at 4:00 p.m.  Update (3/01/2018 4:30 p.m.): The lottery sign up is now closed. If you signed up for the lottery, you will receive notification via the email address you provided by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5.

Non-FUHSD Students

Students who are not actively enrolled in the Fremont Union High School District may register for AP exams with our schools during our registration period if we are offering the exam. In addition to the cost of each exam, there is a one-time additional $25 processing fee. Due to limited resources, non-FUHSD students are not eligible to register for the following exams: any World Language exam, AP Music Theory, and AP Studio Art, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science Principles and AP Statistics. Contact numbers for each of the schools are listed below.

School

Personnel

Telephone #

Cupertino High School

Ms. Lisa Balga

408-366-7366

Fremont High School

Ms. Johanna Moyoli

408-522-2420

Homestead High School

Ms. Nancy Daffern

408-522-2534

Lynbrook High School

Ms. Judy Boehm

408-366-7734

Monta Vista High School

Mr. Calvin Wong

408-366-7617

California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

CAHSEE Suspended

On October 7, 2015, Governor Brown signed SB 172, which suspended the CAHSEE for the following three years. This law also allows districts to issue high school diplomas to students from the Classes of 2004-2014 who met all other district requirements for graduation except for the exit exam.

CAHSEE/SB 172 Frequently Asked Questions

FUHSD is looking forward to the opportunity to issue diplomas to eligible former students from the Classes of 2004-2014 once the law takes effect on January 1, 2016. Students are eligible if they completed all course and credit requirements prior to their class graduating. To initiate the eligibility verification process, please complete the online form below. Allow 2-3 weeks for processing and verification. An FUHSD staff member will contact you about your eligibility and next steps.

Request for SB 172 Eligibility Check