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Science Camp Informational & Planning Meeting

Science Camp Informational & Planning Meeting

4th/5th Grade Students & Families

Tuesday Night, May 13th 5:30, Taylor School Cafeteria 



Testing Letter Spring 2014

Dear Parent/Guardian:

As you know, for over 15 years, California has required that each school provide an end-of-year assessment for each student in Grades 2-11 in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science and Social Studies. These have been known as the California Standards Test (CST), the California Modified Assessment (CMA) or the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA).These tests are all part of a program known as Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR).  Recently, Governor Brown signed AB 484 into law that affects STAR program. Questions and Answers regarding AB 484 are available on the California Department of Education (CDE) web page at

 In summary, the only STAR tests that will be offered during in the spring 2014 are:

         CAPA test for Special Needs students in Grades 2-11;

         Science Tests (CST or CMA) in Grades 5, 8, and 10;

California has a clear and inspiring vision for public education, focused on great instruction and grounded in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The goal is for all students, regardless of where they are from or where they live, to graduate prepared for college and careers in the global economy of the 21st century. The implementation of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system, including the Smarter Balanced Field Test, is another step toward that goal.

The Smarter Balanced Field Test will model high quality instruction of the CCSS. The implementation of the CAASPP system, including the Smarter Balanced Field Test, provides incentives and opportunities to integrate CCSS and technology into classroom instruction.

The grades 3-8 ELA and math field test is an opportunity to "test the test" in an environment that is low-stakes. While the Field Test will not produce student scores, a successful field test will provide educators, administrators, and the state with information and data to implement the operational assessment.The computer-based test experience will allow educators to gain new insights for classroom instruction. The Field Test is meant to closely mimic the operational assessment so as to identify concerns and matters that need to be addressed prior to the operational assessment.

The field test window in Oak Grove School District is April 7 – May 16, 2014.



Betsy Fitch

Principal, Taylor School

Open House

Seeing is believing! At Bertha Taylor Elementary School, we open our doors to the community. If you want to see first-hand all the wonderful things that Bertha Taylor Elementary School has to offer, you are invited to attend one of our informational open house tours. Come meet Principal Fitch, learn about what your child can expect at Taylor, and find out how you can get involved as a parent. 

Thursday, March 13th at 6:00pm, Taylor Cafeteria


New Hot Lunch Policy for Kinders


Dear Parent,

We want to welcome your child to Oak Grove School District and wish them a great school year.  The Child Nutrition Services department is proud to serve healthy meals daily and would like to explain the procedures for all new students to the district.


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