• New Video for Parents: Understanding Your 2016-17 Student Score Report

    Now posted on the California Department of Education (CDE) Web site is the video “Understanding Your 2016–17 Student Score Report.” Approximately five-minutes in length, this video is an excellent resource for parents and students to help them better understand the 2016–17 Student Score Report, which details the student’s standardized testing results.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

Smarter Balanced Assessment - Understanding Your Child's Score Report

  • Understanding the 2016 CAASPP Score Reports

    The 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) report provides four different information elements for ELA and math. Reports for SUSD students who were grades 3-8 during the 2015-2016 academic school year were mailed in early Fall 2016.

    Overall Achievement Score: The first report element summarizes student results as an Overall Achievement Score in one of four performance levels for English and math:

    • Standard Exceeded
    • Standard Met
    • Standard Nearly Met
    • Standard Not Met

    SBAC Scaled Scores: The second report element offers scaled scores for ELA and math. SBAC scaled scores allow educators and parents to understand student performance levels in finer detail. The number a student receives shows their current level of achievement on a continuous vertical scale (from approximately 2000 to 3000) that increases across grade levels. Given a grade and subject performance band, one can see how close a student was to the next performance level. If students took the SBAC in 2015, a graph can be used to illustrate student growth over time. Smarter Balanced Scare Score Ranges

    Content Claims: The third report element highlights student abilities in content claims- key areas specific to ELA and math. ELA results will include information about the students' performance in reading, writing, listening, and research. Reports of mathematics results will include information about student's performance in problem solving & data analysis, using concepts and procedures, and communicating reasoning. A student's performance in these key areas for each subject will be reported using the following three indicators:

    • Above Standard
    • Near Standard
    • Below Standard
    Target Reports: The fourth report is available to districts, schools and teachers, called a "Target Report." This is a more detailed look at the performance elements in an SBAC claim (the grade-specific knowledge, skill, or ability that students should know or be able to demonstrate within the domain of either ELA or mathematics) and will be used by staff to look at areas of strength and weakness. 
    How Does the Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) Calculate Scores: As a student progresses through the test, his or her pattern of responses is tracked and revised estimates of the student’s ability are calculated. The student’s performance on the test questions determines if subsequent questions are harder or easier.  Successive test questions are selected to increase the precision about the level of achievement.  Fewer test questions are needed as compared to a fixed form to obtain precise estimates of students’ ability.  The test continues until the test content outlined in the blueprint is covered.  Resulting scores from the CAT portion of the test are based on the specific test questions selected as a result of the student’s responses, but NOT the sum of the number answered correctly.

    Resource Links from the California Department of Education (CDE) 


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California PTA

  •  CA PTA Logo A new link to the California State Parent Teacher Association’s Moving Beyond the Bubble: Improved Tests Are Finally Here has been provided on the CDE CAASPP System Web page under the Students and Parents tab. The resources found at Moving Beyond the Bubble provide information about the new Smarter Balanced assessments built to help students, parents, teachers, and school leaders determine where students are on the path to success. Included on this Web site are updated resources to help understand your child's CAASPP scores.
    Parent-friendly resource on assessments, education and more is now available in SIX LANGUAGES.


  • For more information about SUSD Curriculum and Instruction or Assessments, please contact Roberta Zarea, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.