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Assessment Information for Parents

CAASPP Student Score Report

Shortly before the end of each school year, students participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which includes the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and the California Science Test (CAST) for grades 5, 8, and 11. These tests are based on California’s challenging academic standards, which include the ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems—the very skills needed to succeed in college and a 21st century career. These skills take time and effort to master, but our students will need them to succeed in the long run.


In our school district, we see a student’s test results as one measure of his or her academic progress. They will not be used to determine whether a student moves to the next grade. Schools can use the results to identify specific areas in which to focus more attention in the next school year, while teachers can use the results to identify and address individual student needs. We recommend that parents and/or guardians discuss the test results with their child’s teacher.


Student score reports will be mailed home in August. The student score report shows your child’s achievement for ELA, math, and science if applicable. Please take a few moments to review it.



Here are some resources to assist in understanding the information in the student score reports:

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Sample Student Score Reports

California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) Sample Student Score Reports

Guides to Understanding the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics Student Score Report (In English and Spanish)



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 careers. In grades three through eight and grade eleven, most students take the Smarter Balanced online tests for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. In grades five, eight, and eleven, students also take the California Science Test (CAST). However, students who have a significant cognitive disability (as designated in their individualized education program) are eligible to take the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs). 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 and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for science.



Your child’s teacher or principal is the best place to start if you have other questions about testing this spring. Additional questions and answers about the CAASPP system can be found on the California Department of Education’s Website. Parents can also find other information on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Website.



Each year the district is required to notify parents or guardians of their pupil’s participation in the CAASPP assessment system in accordance with Education Code section 60604. Each year students in grades 3-8 and 11 in the Snowline Joint Unified School District will participate in the California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) assessment system in accordance with Education Code section 60604. The CAASPP assessment system plays an integral role in helping teachers get students ready for college and careers. The notification to parents or guardians, as defined in subdivision (a), shall include a notice of the provisions outlined in Education Code section 60615. A parent or guardian may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of any test provided pursuant to Education Code section 60640 for the school year. If a parent or guardian submits an exemption request after testing has begun, any test(s) completed before the request is submitted will be scored and the results reported to the parent or guardian and included in the pupil’s records. An LEA and its employees may discuss the CAASPP assessment system with parents and may inform parents of the availability of exemptions under Education Code section 60615. The LEA and its employees shall not solicit or encourage any written exemption request on behalf of any child or group of children. NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 33031 and 60640, Education Code. Reference: Sections 60604, 60605, 60607, 60612, 60615, 60640 and 60641, Education Code