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Overview CA State Assessments

California Statewide Assessments (CAASPP)

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Updated March 11, 2016

Each spring, students Union School District participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Last spring students took part in the first statewide administration of the (CAASPP) for students in grades 3-8. These computer-based tests replaced the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments in English/language arts and math known as Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. These new tests are fundamentally different from the old tests and comparisons cannot be made. Therefore, last year’s results establish a new baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time.

This spring will be our second year of the new state testing (CAASPP). Like last year, students in grades 3-8 will take tests in English-language arts and mathematics online using a computer. These tests are also known as the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) and measure students' mastery of the Common Core State Standards. Students in grades 5 and 8 will also take paper and pencil science tests made up of multiple-choice questions. In the next few years, these will be changing to online tests, and other tests in other subjects like history-social science, art, and technology will also be added.

Our official testing window will be April 18 through May 20.

Within this window, each school will create a specific testing schedule and will notify the parents and community of their specific testing schedule.

The CAASPP system is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and are able to do and whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or career when they graduate from high school. The new assessments will be one measure that will be used—along with other information—to measure the progress that our schools and district are making in educating all students. Pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 852, each year school districts are required to notify parents or guardians of their pupil’s participation in the CAASPP tests. In addition, districts are required to inform families of their right to exempt their student from taking the CAASPP tests. If you have questions regarding your student’s participation or would like to request an exemption, please contact your student’s school principal.