Dear Parent or Guardian:
In spring of the 2015-2016 school year, your child participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which includes the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. These exams are based on California’s challenging new academic standards and are part of the State’s comprehensive plan for supporting high-quality learning at every level. The new California standards are designed to help all students graduate ready for college and careers.
These tests include a wider variety of questions than the previous multiple-choice tests. The CAASPP assessments require students to explain how they solve problems, think critically, and write analytically. These higher level skills take time and practice to master.
Like class assignments and report cards, these assessments serve as a measure of student progress–one way to provide you and your child’s teachers with information about your child’s progress toward mastering the standards and growing as a learner.
The child’s Student Score Report, which shows your child’s achievement on these tests, will be mailed to your home. Please take a few moments to review it. You will notice that, along with an overall score for each subject, there is also information about how your child performed in different skill areas associated with English language arts/literacy and mathematics. If your child tested the prior year, you will also notice that the score report presents two years of data, which allows you to view your child’s progress over time.
To meet federal test requirements, California administered the California Standards Test (CST), the California Modified Assessment (CMA), or the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for science to all students in grades five, eight, and ten. If your child was administered a science test, the results appear on the front of the Student Score Report. While new assessments, based on the Next Generation Science Standards, are being developed, the California Department of Education will continue to use the CST, CMA, and the CAPA for science.
In grade 11, the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment for ELA and mathematics also serve as an indicator of readiness for college-level coursework and are used by the California State University (CSU) and participating California Community Colleges (CCCs) to determine Early Assessment Program (EAP) status. Students will find their EAP status reported on the front of the Student Score Report.
Our schools and teachers are still adjusting to new standards and assessments. Our education system has a long way to go, but we are making real progress in creating a system that serves the long-term needs of our students and our state.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please call the school office to arrange a conference with your child’s teacher.
There are several resources available to help you interpret the results and better understand the CAASPP Student Score Report. Please visit the California Department of Education’s web page at http://www.cde.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppssrinfo.asp.
Director, Curriculum and Instruction
Parent Notification Letter - Spanish
Understanding Your Child's Score Report
Additional resources available to help parents and guardians interpret the results and better understand the CAASPP Student Score Report can be found here: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppssrinfo.asp
Estimated Testing Times
|Grade||Subject(s) being Tested||Method of Testing||Testing Time
|3 - 5||English Language Arts/Literacy and Math||Online Testing||6 hours|
|6 - 8||English Language Arts/Literacy and Math||Online Testing||6.5 hours|
|11||English Language Arts/Literacy and Math||Online Testing||7.5 hours|
|5, 8 and 10||Science||Paper & Pencil
(CST, CMA or CAPA)
|3 - 8 and 11
IEP designated students
|English Language Arts/Literacy and Math||Online Testing California Alternate Assessment||As needed|