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Over the past two years, the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) has enhanced teaching and learning, in alignment with 21st Century learning outcomes, through the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS directly align with and support our district mission to graduate students with the “skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world.”  With the implementation of the CCSS, the state of California has adopted a new assessment aligned to these standards. This new assessment, titled the Smarter Balanced Assessment, is an online assessment, which replaces the previously administered Standardized Assessment and Reporting (STAR) testing.

In order to best prepare for the Smarter Balanced Assessments, students in the LVJUSD and throughout California will be participating in the Field Test, at designated grade levels, this spring. The Field Test closely mimics the operational assessment. The test will provide the State with the information needed to address areas of concern prior to the administration of the operational assessment. During the Field Test, students will answer questions in the areas of mathematics and/or English language arts/literacy. The Field Test will begin this April and will prepare our students for success on the operational Smarter Balanced Assessments, which will be administered during the spring of 2015.

This is a very exciting opportunity for our students, as the Field Test is an opportunity to "test the test" in an environment that is low-stakes.  Our students and staff will be able to try out the new, online-testing software and innovative style of questions and gain experience with the new system.  While the Field Test will not produce student scores or district level results, a successful Field Test will provide educators, administrators, and the State with the information needed to successfully implement the operational assessment next school year.  

This spring, all LVJUSD students in grades 3-8 and 11, and Livermore High School students in grade 10 will take the Field Test in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The assessment will be administered in short sessions over multiple days, between April 7th and May 16th 2014. 

If you would like more information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, please visit the Smarter Balanced website at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact your school’s Principal or Heidi Novell, Assessment Technician, at 925-606-3272 or hnovell@lvjusd.k12.ca.us.


Amy Robbins
Director, Curriculum and Special Projects


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Grade Subject(s) being Tested Method of Testing
3 - 8 English Language Arts and Math Online Testing
5 Science Paper & Pencil
8 Science Paper & Pencil
10 LHS English Language Arts and Math Online Testing
10 Life Science Paper & Pencil
11 English Language Arts and Math Online Testing
11 EAP* Writing Paper & Pencil
11 English Language Arts + EAP* Paper & Pencil
11 Math + EAP*
(Algebra II and High School Summative Math)
Paper & Pencil
2 - 12 CAPA English Language Arts, Math and Science 1:1 Paper & Pencil



Smarter Balanced Field Test for Elementary, Middle and High School