California State Standards
For more information on the new assessment process and how it relates to the California State Standards, check the websites below.
Writing and Literacy Handbook:
The changing expectations in the areas of literacy and writing inherent to the California State Standards and California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing have prompted Modesto City Schools to rethink both its curriculum and instructional approaches. Starting 2014/15, students will be required to write both brief and extended pieces during the testing period which will replace STAR testing. The reading and writing expectations of the state testing board require students to engage more comprehensively in the reading and writing process. Clearly, schools within the Modesto City Schools district will need to increase both the frequency and rigor of activities meant to engage students in critical thinking if they are to meet the expectations. This handbook evolved through the understanding that students need to read more closely and write more critically. The handbook is a foundation upon which teachers and students can build to meet expectations of the new California State Standards.