Subsequent to all students' enrollment the Keystone test is given at the beginning of the school year, mid-year and a third time at the close of the school year. These assessment results are used as formative assessments that help with course selection, tier intervention and the guidance of instruction and goals.
Students are also on occasion given the San Diego Quick to further measure a student's recognition of words out of context as needed. Generally, proficient readers read as accurately both in and out of context. This test consists of 13 graded word lists from pre-primer to eleventh grade. The words within each list are of about equal difficulty.
In July of each coming school year identified students are given the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Students in kindergarten through grade twelve whose home language is not English are required by law to be assessed in English language proficiency (ELP). In California, the ELP assessment is the CELDT. The results from the CELDT test allows GHSA to identify students who need to improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. GHSA also gives the CELDT test each year to students who are still learning English, until they are re-designated. The CELDT-CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of the test.
All students with Special Needs are assessed based on their Annual and Tri-annual Individual Education Plans (IEPs).These tests include but are not limited to the Woodcock Johnson, Brigance Assessment and other tests that identify various learning disabilities. All GHSA students with special needs have their accommodations and modifications built into their CAASPP testing through TOMS (Test Operations Management System).
All 7th grade students enrolled in Grace Hopper take the Physical Fitness Test each year. The physical fitness test (PFT) for students in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting life-long habits of regular physical activity. The test has six parts that show a level of fitness that offer a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity. The test results can be used by students, teachers, and parents. The PFT - CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of the test.
All 8th grade students enrolled in Grace Hopper currently take the paper-and-pencil California Standard Test in Science. During the transition to new science assessments, the 2014–15 CAASPP System encompasses federally required science assessments in grades 5, 8, and 10. Information is provided about the content, types of questions, participation criteria, and other key targeted resources to assist with understanding the scope and requirements of these science assessments on the California Department of Education site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp.
Although this is the first year that testing in the state of CA will begin to show student progress, it will not be the first year for Grace Hopper STEM Academy. Grace Hopper has volunteered the past two years to test students with the Smarter Balance Tests in English and in math understanding that the more often students are exposed test environments, the more acclimated they become. All CAASPP testing at GHSA is typically calendared during the entire month of May.