California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

  • During late spring, SUSD students participate in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments which are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. The tests:

    • Measure how well your child has mastered the skills and content in mathematics and English language arts at his or her grade level.

    • Align with the instruction that takes place in the classroom everyday.

    • Match the learning goals of each grade level.

    • Assess critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving skills, which are needed for success in college and a 21st century career.

    The test has different kinds of questions, including traditional multiple-choice questions as well as ones that require students to explain their answers, show their work, and compose essays.

    General Education students will take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBAC). Special Education students may take either the SBAC or the California Alternate Assessment depending on their IEP.


    About Your Child's CAASPP Test Results 2017-2018

    Individual student score reports for students who were in grades 3-8 during the 2017-2018 school year and tested in SUSD will be mailed home in late July or as soon as they arrive from the state.


    CAASPP Informational Letters for Parents/Guardians, Spring 2017-2018


Smarter Balanced Assessment - Understanding Your Child's Score Report

  • The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) or California Alternate Assessment (CAA) report provides different information elements for English Language Arts and Math for grades 3-8. For grades 5 and 8, the score report will also include Science. Reports for SUSD students who were grades 3-8 during the prior academic school year are typically mailed home in early fall when the state releases the score reports.

    In late spring students in grades 3-8 take a computer-based test called the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment or the CA Alternate Assessment. These year-end tests are part of the California student assessment system and are aligned with California's academic standards, which are the expectations we have concerning what students should know and be able to do.

    These tests in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics provide SUSD educators a way to see how well students can write clearly, think critically, and solve problems, which are some of the skills that are needed to succeed in college and a 21st century career.

    Your student’s score report shows his or her scores for ELA and mathematics. It includes an overall score for each subject, and information about how well your student did in different skill areas. If your student took the test in past years, you will also see past scores, so you can look at their progress over time.

    If your student was in 5th or 8th grade, he or she participated in the California Science Test (CAST, pilot in 2017, field test in 2018) based on California’s Next Generation Science Standards. You will find information about the test on the back of the Student Score Report. Note that student scores will not be reported for 2018 since it was a field test used to refine and finalize next year’s questions and test.

    In our district, the test results are just one way to look at how well our students are doing. We use the results to find areas where students need help in the next school year. It is also important to note that the test results are not used to determine if a student moves to the next grade. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please contact your child’s principal or arrange a conference with your child’s teacher.

    Additional Resources:

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.