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Common Core Information


California Department of Education




Over the past three 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. 

This spring, all LVJUSD students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the test in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics.

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


Spanish Version - Parent SBAC Letter


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 Life Science Paper & Pencil
11 English Language Arts and Math Online Testing
2 - 12 CAPA English Language Arts, Math and Science 1:1 Paper & Pencil



Smarter Balanced Field Test for Elementary, Middle and High School