The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBAC) and the CAST are online tests that measure what your student knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support needed to be successful in school. All students will receive a detailed score report after testing to help them identify areas of strength and areas of growth and college readiness. California Community Colleges and California State Universities use this data to determine college readiness and placement in college level math and English courses, and often these assessments prevent students from having to take additional placement tests upon enrollment to participating colleges.
Data from CAASPP testing informs our school-wide goals and school plan for student achievement, driving instructional strategies, initiatives, and funding. In addition, data obtained from CAASPP testing contributes to the California School Dashboard, providing parents and educators with meaningful information on school and district progress so they can participate in decisions to improve student learning.
You are an important part of your child’s education. To help your child get ready for the test you can:
Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious. The assessments are designed to measure what students already know, and there is no additional preparation necessary.
Tell your child that you and their teacher have high expectations and are both there to help, every step of the way.
Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.
We appreciate your support and cooperation during our administration of CAASPP. If you have questions, please contact Lisha Brunache, assistant principal and site testing coordinator, at 858.350.0253 ext 4003 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.