Assessment & Accountability
2021-22 CAASPP Test Administration
State Assessment Parent and Guardian Notification Letter
There are many ways to measure your child’s learning. Your child’s teacher uses report card grades, classroom work, teacher observations, and end-of-year statewide test results to get a complete picture of your child’s learning. Each spring, third through eighth grade students in Union School District participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These tests were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. Additionally, students in fifth and eighth grade take the California Science Test (CAST.) These tests measure the skills called for by the academic standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems.
Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards. Given online, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing more precise measurement of individual skills. The CAASPP 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 of our students.
The district’s official testing window will be April 18 through May 20. Within this window, each school will create a specific testing schedule and notify parents. Although the tests are untimed, tests may take between 4-5 hours (total) over the course of the testing window. We appreciate your efforts to ensure your child is in school at this time.
You are an important part of your child’s education. To make sure your child feels comfortable taking tests, you can:
Explain to your child that these tests are tools to help them learn, and they should not be anxious or scared.
Explore the practice tests with your child at caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html (enter the “student” interface and log in as a guest) so they can become familiar with the platform and setup of the tests.
Remind your child that you and their teacher want them to try their best and are there to help, every step of the way.
You will receive your child’s results at or before the beginning of the next school year. The results will identify where your child is doing well or needs more help, so you can better support their learning at home and teachers can better support their learning in the classroom.
CA School Dashboard
California’s accountability and continuous improvement system provide information about how local educational agencies and schools are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population.
The CA School Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, challenges, and areas in need of improvement.
The CA Dashboard Mobile App is now available. The mobile App allows parents and educators an easier way to access their school and district Dashboards, all at their fingertips. Download the CA Dashboard Mobile App today.
The Dashboard is an online tool designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 schools and districts.
The Dashboard features six state measures that provide important information on how schools are serving their students.
The Dashboard shows the performance of districts, schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures that assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.
Equity is at the Heart of California's Accountability System. The Dashboard shines a light on both the successes and challenges that county offices, districts, and schools are experiencing in addressing disparities.
Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Plan 2021-22
The California Legislature provided $6.6 billion in the Assembly Bill 86 COVID-19 relief package, including $2 billion for In-Person Instruction (IPI) Grants and $4.6 billion for Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grants. Governor Newsom signed AB 86 on March 5, 2021.
In-Person Instruction Grants
To be eligible for full funding, LEAs must offer in-person instruction, as defined in Education Code Section 43520.5, including hybrid models, by April 1, 2021, for specified student groups. IPI Grants will be reduced by one percent for each calendared instructional day that an LEA does not offer in-person instruction for all required groups. IPI Grants will be forfeited if an LEA does not offer in-person instruction for all required groups by May 15, 2021, or if in-person instruction is not offered continuously through the end of the scheduled 2020–21 school year unless otherwise ordered by a state or local health officer.
IPI Grants may be used for any purpose consistent with providing in-person instruction for any pupil participating in in-person instruction, including, but not limited to, COVID-19 testing, cleaning and disinfection, personal protective equipment, ventilation, and other school site upgrades necessary for health and safety, salaries for certificated or classified employees providing in-person instruction or services, and social and mental health support services provided in conjunction with in-person instruction.
Expanded Learning Opportunities Grants
To be eligible for funding, LEAs must implement a learning recovery program, that at a minimum, provides supplemental instruction, support for social and emotional well-being, and, to the maximum extent permissible under the guidelines of the United States Department of Agriculture, meals, and snacks to specified student groups, as defined in Education Code Section 43522, who have faced adverse learning and social-emotional circumstances.
ELO Grants shall be expended only for any of the following purposes: extending instructional learning time, accelerating progress to close learning gaps, integrated pupil supports, community learning hubs, supports for credit deficient pupils, additional academic services, and training for school staff. LEAs are encouraged to engage, plan, and collaborate on program operation with community partners and expanded learning programs, and leverage existing behavioral health partnerships and Medi-Cal billing options, in the design and implementation of services.
USD Expanded Learning Opportunities Plan (ELOP)
The Union School District Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Plan was approved by the Board on May 27, 2021.
USD ELOP Board Presentation - May 27, 2021
USD Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Plan
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
The LCAP is a three-year plan that describes the goals, actions, services, and expenditures used to support positive student outcomes that address state and local priorities.
School Accountability Report Card (SARC)
State law requires all public schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a SARC. The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each public school.
USD 2020-2021 School Accountability Report Cards
USD 2019-2020 School Accountability Report Cards