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1 INTER-OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE LOS ANGELES UNFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT LOCAL DISTRICT EAST TO: Elementary Principals Date: 9/21/15 FROM: SUBJECT: David Baca, EdD, Administrator of Instruction ELEMENTARY INTERIM ASSESSMENTS The District has provided several options for schools regarding interim assessments. Schools may give the Smarter Balanced Blocks (IABs), the District s CCSS-aligned interim assessments in ELA and Math, or give the CCSS-aligned interim assessments determined by the school and approved by the Local District Superintendent. Each school, working with its Director, will identify the specific interim assessments to be used. All schools should consider administering interim assessments at least twice prior to the Smarter Balanced summative assessment. Local District East highly encourages using the Blocks as they align with the summative assessments, and they offer students repeated opportunities to test using the same platform they will use on the summative assessment. The assessments are formative in nature and teachers should use the information gathered to refine instructional practice in order to improve student achievement. Thank you for your time and leadership. (*Note: All date windows are suggestions only.) 1

2 Local District East Elementary Literacy Guidelines The following assessment plan is LD East s recommendation for the use of the Smarter Balanced Blocks as outlined in REF Please note all administration and scoring of the assessments should be completed by the close dates listed. ELA: Grades 3-5 Option: Administer previous year ICA as diagnostic test at beginning of school year. Semester Test Type Scoring Fall 11/6/15 Block 1- Read Literary Texts and Block 4- Brief Writes Brief Writes Spring 2/12/16 Block 9- Narrative (Grades 4-5) Block 2- Read Informational Text and Block 3- Edit/ Revise Block 8- Opinion (Grade 3) English Language Arts: Grades 6 8 Option: Administer previous year ICA as diagnostic test at beginning of school year. Semester Block (IAB) Fall 10/30/15 Spring 2/24/16 Block 2 Read Informational Texts Block 4 Brief Writes Block 1 Read Literary Texts Block 8 Argument Online Aligned to the first in the Secondary ELA Curriculum Maps Brief Writes Provides teachers with a small sampling of students understanding of the three writing genres called out in the ELA California Content Standards Performance Task Online Follows the second in the Secondary ELA Curriculum Maps, which focuses on literary texts Aligned to the third in the Secondary ELA Curriculum Maps 2

3 Local District East Elementary Math Guidelines Please note that the following suggested guidelines are for those schools that are using My Math as the main teaching tool in mathematics in grades 3-6 and started with the first listed in the Curriculum Maps, including the First 10 days. Smarter Balanced Consortium Blocks ( IABs) should be used to inform instruction. Blocks only assess the s that contain major clusters. Consider embedding additional and supporting clusters through major clusters in other s and assess using other resources from My Math and/or the District Bank. Based on the assessment windows, you may not have taught the given in its entirety, but will have baseline data on the given. IABs may be given as pre- and/or post-tests. MATHEMATICS: Grade 3 8/18/15-12/18/16 Block #1: Operations and Algebraic Thinking (OA), Computer based OA has 4 major 1/11/16 3/18/16 Block #2 Measurement and Data (MD) MD has 2 major 1/11/16 3/18/16 3 rd Grade Performance Task Computer- Based Practice for * Note: In third grade there is 1 major cluster in Operations Fractions. Operations in Base Ten (NBT) and Geometry (G) contain supporting and additional clusters and DO NOT have the option to assess through IABs. 3

4 MATHEMATICS: Grade 4 8/18/15-1/29/16 Block #1 Operations in Base Ten (NBT), NBT has 2 major cluster in the 1/29/16-3/31/16 Block #2 Operations- Fractions NF has 3 major 1/29/16-3/31/16 4 th Grade Computer- Based Practice for *Note: In fourth grade there is 1major clusters in Operations and Algebraic Thinking (OA). Measurement and Data (MD) and Geometry (G) contain supporting and additional clusters and DO NOT have the option to assess through IABs. MATHEMATICS: Grade 5 8/18/15-1/21/16 Block #1: Number and Operations in Base Ten (NBT), NBT has 2 major 1/21/16 3/15/16 1/21/16-3/15/16 Block #2 Operations- Fractions (NF) 5 th Grade NF has 2 major Practice for *Note: In fifth grade there is 1 major cluster (Volume) in Measurement and Data, in My Math, it is found in the Geometry. Geometry (G) and Operations and Algebraic Thinking (OA) contain supporting and additional clusters and DO NOT have the option to assess through IABs. 4

5 MATHEMATICS: Grade 6 8/18/15-10/23/15 Block #1: Ratios and Proportional Relationships (RP), RP has 1 major 10/26/15 2/19/16 Block #2 Expressions and Equations (EE) EE has 3 major 10/26/15 2/19/16 6 th Grade Practice for *Note: In sixth grade there are 2 major clusters in Number Systems. Geometry (G) and Statistics and Probability (SP) contain supporting and additional clusters and DO NOT have the option to assess through IABs. 5

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