Updated March 2018
Each spring, students in Union School District participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests (also known as the Smarter Balanced/SBAC tests) were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science. These tests measure the skills called for by the academic standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems. Given online, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing more precise measurement of individual skills.
The California Science Test (CAST) Field Test for grades five and eight only: California’s new state standards for science call for students to think and work like scientists and engineers—asking questions and learning through hands-on investigation and discovery. This year your child will participate in the tryout of test items for this future assessment. While this tryout will not provide scores for you child, it is an important first step in developing an assessment that will fairly and accurately measure how students are achieving on the new science standards. For additional information about the new science tests and sample questions, please visit the CDE’s CAASPP Science Assessment Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp
Our District testing window will be April 23 through May 30. Within this window, each school will create a specific testing schedule and will notify the parents and community of their specific testing schedule. Testing generally runs for two weeks, with make-up testing taking additional time beyond the two week testing period.