California Standards Assessments and Schedules

RVC emphasizes the joy of discovery: students are encouraged to follow their natural curiosity, and are given the space and tools to explore their interests. The RVC approach fosters independence and collaboration, individual responsibility and a caring sense of community.

Ross Valley Charter is a public elementary school in Ross Valley offering students in Transitional  Kindergarten through 5th grade a distinct learning experience. RVC is authorized by the California Department of Education, and receives oversight from their charter division.

RVC homeroom teachers are state-credentialed and are guided by the Common Core State Standards, and our students take state-mandated standardized tests. RVC graduates are academically and socially prepared for middle school. Students also receive enrichment and physical education every week.

Common Core Assessment Schedule

As the California Department of Education States, “The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and are able to do and whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or a career when they graduate from high school.”

At Ross Valley Charter we find value in promoting academic growth and progress. Beyond measuring academic growth through appropriate teacher administered in-class formative and summative assessments, we utilize CAASPP interim and summative assessments. The data we receive not only helps us to understand what our students know, but also allows us as a school to know where we are doing well, and where we need to grow.

These assessments are provided to students in grades 3 through 5.

For more information about the CAASPP feel free to reach out to our school director. The State of California also provides the following resource:

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Schedule

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the successor to the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Beginning in 2017–18, the ELPAC is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English. The California Department of Education (CDE) expects to be fully transitioned from the CELDT to the ELPAC as the state's assessment of ELP by 2018–19.

State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten (or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, sometimes referred to as “transitional kindergarten”) through grade twelve (ages 3-21). The ELPAC is aligned with California’s 2012 English Language DevelopmentStandards external icon, and is comprised of two separate ELP assessments:

  1. Initial ELPAC—an initial identification of students as English learners
  2. Summative ELPAC—an annual summative assessment to measure an English learner's progress in learning English and to identify the student's ELP level

2019  ELPAC Testing Window

4/29/2019 through - 5/10/2019

For more information about the ELPAC, feel free to reach out to our school director. The State of California also provides the following resource:

With a foundation of progressive student-driven learning, social-emotional development, academic rigor, and inspiring, fun project-based education, Ross Valley Charter makes learning come alive for students. Our immersive, hands-on approach creates lifelong learners who act on their confidence, both inside and out of the classroom.

Multi-age, project-based education has a natural emphasis on collaboration and teamwork, and helps create an environment of collaboration, mutual respect, and kindness. The projects that the students undertake require real applications of Common Core lessons, and result in performances, presentations, exhibitions, and academic reports that the students take great pride in sharing.