April 3, 2017

CAASPP Testing Information

Each spring, students in California participate in the statewide testing program, which is the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. The tests in the CAASPP System provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career. In grades three through eight students take the Smarter Balanced online tests for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. In grades five, and eight students are also tested in science.

The Smarter Balanced online tests are based on the California Content Standards, also known as the Common Core State Standards, for mathematics and ELA. While the last few year’s test results have provided parents with baseline information they can now compare results across three years  and determine their children’s progress in meeting California’s rigorous academic standards.

Students will take the tests between April 10th and May 3th. To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp .

Students will have the benefit of testing in their own environments, in their classroom due to our technology expansions and upgrades.  As always, they will be given plenty of breaks and there are no time limits for the tests.  The kids have days that support testing with focused time in the morning, snacks and many breaks.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us or your child’s teacher.

If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP Web page at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca . If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact Kathy Osterhout (kathy@sdccs.org).