Contact: Laurren Maitland-Francoisse, Director II • Office Hours: 7:30-4:30
2012-13 OMSD Testing Snapshot
For Standards-Based Multiple Choice Tests
Benchmark 1: September 10-14, 2012
Benchmark 2: October 22-26, 2012
Benchmark 3: December 10-14, 2012
Benchmark 4: February 4-8, 2013
*STAR Multiple Choice: March 28-May 1, 2013
*Schools set specific testing dates within this general window
Welcome to Research and Assessment.
Our department coordinates state and district testing such as the following:
- Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
- California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
- Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
- District Benchmark Assessments
- Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) Assessments
Our office also coordinates state (Academic Performance Index – API) and federal (Adequate Yearly Progress - AYP) accountability mandates. We house all of this information in a data warehouse that allows us to easily observe which areas to focus on for improvement. Our department works closely with each school to ensure efficient two-way communication. Our goal as a department is to provide assessment data that is simple and clear to use so that school staffs may focus their energies on improving student achievement. If there is anything we can assist with please feel free to give us a call.
-Anthony Ortiz, Ph.D.
State (API) and Federal (AYP) Accountability Data Snapshot
Tips for parents to prepare your student for testing:
Teachers say that successful test-takers tend to be students with good attendance, homework, and study habits; therefore, your daily assistance with homework and attitude toward school has the biggest impact on your child's performance. However, there are also some things that you can do to help develop his/her test-taking abilities:
• Make sure that your child gets enough sleep.
• Feed your child a healthy, nutritious breakfast.
• Speak positive about the State Test and let your child know that they will do great and you will be proud of them no matter what.
• Attendance is critical!!! Make sure that your child is at school on time, and ready for action every day that the state tests are being administered. If your child has a dentist or doctor appointment scheduled, move it to late in the afternoon or to a different day. Don’t pick your child up from school early. If they wake up not feeling well, make sure that they are really ill before letting them skip school that day.
• Testing is usually split up over several days so that children don’t get overwhelmed, so make sure that your child gets a good night sleep, a healthy breakfast, and arrives to school on time everyday.