Mark Twain Union Elementary School District


Mark Twain Union Elementary School District

P.O. Box 1359 ▪ Angels Camp, CA 95222

 (209) 736-1855 phone ▪ (209) 736-6888 fax ▪

Julia Tidball, Superintendent


Dear Parent/Guardian:


As you may already know, Mark Twain Union Elementary School District, along with thousands of schools across California, are participating in a field test of a modern assessment system designed to help shape teaching and learning in the classroom. Known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress – or CAASPP – these computer-based tests replace the STAR program.


These tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English and math, which California adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live.


Part of the goal of the field test this year is to determine how well individual questions allow students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn. We are also taking this opportunity to see how well our technical capabilities meet the demands of computer-based assessments and to see what resources our teachers and school may yet need.


Finally and importantly, this year also gives your student an opportunity to try out the new system without consequences. All of this combined means that we will not be capturing scores this year. Instead, we will use what we learn from this field test to help ensure a successful full launch of the system in the 2014-15 school year.


Our next step in that transition is to administer the field test to students in grades 3-8 during the testing window of April 7-May16. If you want to see what types of questions students will be asked or how the test will be presented, there is a practice test available online at


If you would like more information, please visit the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Web page at If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact Kevin Triance, Mark Twain Principal at 736-6533, Karen Vail Copperopolis Principal at 785-2236 or myself.



Julia Tidball


Mark Twain Union Elementary School District



Board of Education:  Diane Bateman   Jennifer Eltringham   Gary McGeorge   Timothy Randall   Margaret Rollings


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    Sub Bus Driver's Needed 

    The Mark Twain Union Elementary School District is looking for people interested in becoming a bus driver. The District will provide the State Certificate training. This will consist of 20 hours of classroom and 20 hours of behind the wheel training. All applicant’s will be drug/ alcohol tested, driving record will be checked, and a pre-employment physical.

    If interested please contact = Bill Davis 209-736-6562

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