Smarter Balanced Assessments

Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

Each spring, most 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 and grade eleven, most students take the smarter balanced online tests for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.  However, students who have a significant cognitive disability (as designated in their individualized education program) are eligible to take the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs). In grade grades five, eight, and ten, students are also tested in science. 

This year, your student will take the following assessments for ELA and mathematics:

  • Smarter Balances tests for ELA and mathematics or
  • CAAs for ELA and mathematics

Students in grades five, eight, and ten will also take one of the following assessments for science:

  • California Standards Test (CST) for Science
  • California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science

The Smarter Balanced online tests are based on the new California Content Standards, also known as the Common Core State Standards, for mathematics and ELA.  While last year's test results provided parents with baseline information on how their children were performing in ELA and mathematics, in 2016 parents will be able to compare results across two years (2014-15 and 2015-16) and determine their children's progress meeting California's rigorous academic standards. (Exception: Only one year of data will be reported for students in grades 3 and 11.

 

The California Department of Education (CDE) has developed several resources to help students and parents understand the grade expectations of the smarter balanced summatives.  These resources are located on the CDEs CAASPP web page.  

 

As a parent or guardian you may annually submit to the school a written request to exempt your child from statewide assessments pursuant to California Education Code Section 60615.  

 

If you have any questions regarding your child's participation, please contact the school testing coordinator at 707-464-0330.

 

Denise Harnden, Principal

 

 

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