Testing and Assessment FAQs

What tests are required as part of the program?

Students who are enrolled in iQ Academy California – Los Angeles (IQLA) are required to take the following tests:

  • Course lesson and unit assessments
  • Semester assessments
  • CAASPP (Grades 3–11)
  • Physical Fitness Test (Grades 5, 7, and 9)
  • Mandatory California state-assessments (in-person)

If classwork is assessed with a grade, how are the grades determined?

IQLA uses specific grading criteria for each course, based on the grade level. 

Elementary school students (grades TK–5) are assigned grade marks each semester based on the board-approved grading rubric. Course grading takes into consideration the mastery-based K12 curriculum that IQLA uses for the elementary grades, as well as specific assignments and activities given by the teacher. Mastered/completed lessons will be evaluated as Exceeds, Meets, or Below Expectations, based on lessons and activities assigned on the student’s quarterly Individualized Learning Plan (ILP). For a lesson to be considered mastered, students must complete all materials contained within the lesson with an accuracy of 80 percent or higher.

Middle school students earn letter grades in math, language arts, history, and science. The criteria for these grades are specific to the subject and primarily include completion and submission of assigned lessons by the due date, as well as completion of assigned assessments. Physical education, music, and art are assessed as Exceeds, Meets, or Below Expectations, according to the completion of assigned lessons. Report cards are given at the end of each semester.

High school students earn letter grades based on how they perform on teacher-graded assignments within each course. Teacher-graded activities include the following:

  • Practice lessons
  • Web explorations
  • Labs
  • Journal entries 
  • Class discussions
  • Quizzes
  • Tests
  • Participation