Common Core Aligned Testing (CAASPP and NWEA)

2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) – 11th Grade Students

Students in the 11th grade will participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessments in the Spring of 2015. This online, adaptive test will consist of multiple choice and constructed response questions from English Language Arts and Mathematics. Based on student responses, the computer program adjusts the difficulty of questions throughout the assessment. A student who answers a question correctly will receive a more challenging item, while an incorrect answer generates an easier question. By adapting to the student as the test is taking place, these assessments present an individually tailored set of questions to each student and can quickly identify which skills students have mastered. Please visit for more information about these assessments. Practice tests are available at

The state's test administration window is from April 20 to June 5, 2015. Specific testing dates will be determined by school committees and appropriately communicated to students and their families.

GHCHS demonstrated its readiness for online testing by successfully participating in the 2014 SBAC Field Test. Over 1,000 students accessed the online test simultaneously, with 96% of students completing the assessments within the testing administration time.

2015 Life Science CST – 10th Grade Students

Students in the 10th grade will complete the California Life Science CST. This test consists of 60 questions primarily covering science standards from grades six through eight. For a detailed outline of the test and to see released test questions, please visit

Northwest Evaluation Association – Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) – 9th/10th Grade Students

As part of the transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), California's standardized testing system has changed significantly. There are no state standardized assessments in grade 9. Students will complete the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and the Life Science exam in grade 10. In grade 11, students will complete the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium assessment (SBAC).

The SBAC is an online, adaptive test aligned to the CCSS in English and Mathematics. To help our students prepare for the SBAC, Granada Hills Charter High School 9th grade students will take an English and Mathematics test developed by Northwestern Evaluation Association (NWEA).

The NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) is a computer based, adaptive test in Math and English. An adaptive test helps identify a student's individual learning level by selecting questions based on responses to previous questions. If a student answers a question correctly, the next question is more difficult. If a student answers a question incorrectly, the test selects a less challenging question. The questions on the NWEA MAP assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The MAP introduces students to an adaptive test, which helps prepare students for computer based standardized tests and other adaptive tests.

These assessments will help teachers, students, and their families keep track of students' progress and growth. The adaptive nature of the test shows what students know, and helps identify what students are ready to learn. Immediately following completion of the test, students are provided with a detailed score report that identifies specific strengths and weaknesses.

While the tests are untimed, each test is estimated to take approximately one hour. Students will take these tests during regular school hours on February 3 and 4. Please see the back of this letter for the special bell schedule. All students in grade 9 are expected to be present at school to take the exam. Absences on the testing day will be counted as a school absence and students will be responsible making up the test and any missed work.

No special preparation or studying is necessary for the MAP. Students should prepare for these tests the same way that they would prepare for any other test – arrive at school on time, well rested, and have a good breakfast the morning of the test.

For additional information about the NWEA assessments, please visit Please contact the Testing Office at (818) 360-2361, ext. 407 if you have any additional questions.