Each year, near the end of April, students in grades 7, 8, & 11 participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).
These Smarter Balanced ELA and Math tests along with the CAST reflect California’s rigorous academic standards and allow students to demonstrate analytical writing and critical thinking skills as well as their knowledge of facts. The test includes many different types of questions that allow student to interact with the test questions.
For more information about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, please visit the following webpage:
You are an important part of your child’s education. To help your child prepare for the test you can:
- Talk about the test with your child and address test anxiety if that is helpful.
- Encourage your child to take a practice test: https://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html
- Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.
We are striving to reach the state-set goal of 95% student participation for schools. The CAASPP is important because the testing data that is received in a timely manner helps us make decisions about how to best spend money on our programs, guides teachers to better deliver instruction to all students, and gives you, as parents, a glimpse into your student’s current academic proficiency. Additionally, results are a reliable and accurate measure of our students’ college and career readiness. In order to earn the California State Seal of Biliteracy that recognizes students’ skills in multiple languages, students must take the CAASPP. Finally, college bound students can use their CAASPP results to determine placement in GE English and math courses at community colleges, CSUs and UCs.