Erin Edmon, Staff Writer

For the first time since 2019, before the COVID pandemic, juniors are taking state tests across the nation. In California, this means the CAASPP test at Alta Loma High School, the weeks of April 4th-15th and April 18th-22nd have been scheduled for the tests.

During these two weeks, the entire school adopts a schedule with 3 classes a day, plus the normal 3rd period study and read. Monday and Tuesday contain periods 4, 2, and 1 in that order; while periods 5, 6, and 7 take place Wednesday and Thursday, with a normal Friday schedule. The first of these weeks contains the English CAASPP while the second week is set aside for the Math CAASPP. There is a week in between for overflow and makeup tests, as well as to just give students a break.

Although everyone is aware of the necessity of CAASPP, for some it is still a pretty big inconvenience.

“I don’t like how much time we lose to the testing schedule,” commented Jason Coutts, physics teacher.

This testing was originally canceled in 2020 due to the start of the pandemic and the inability of students to be on campus for in-person testing. This break in the CAASPP testing continued through into the 2020-2021 school year, in which the CAASPP was canceled for a second time. The previous cancellations mean that this year’s theme of Star War picks up right where it left off in 2020.

CAASPP testing is an assessment of the ability level of all juniors across California, and student scores reflect on our teachers and school. Although these tests do not affect student grades, it is highly encouraged that students try their best, and teachers will reinforce this message as much as they can.