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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)Top of Page

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Each spring, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

This year, your child will take the following test(s), depending on his or her grade level:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English language arts/literacy (grades three through eight and grade eleven)

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in mathematics (grades three through eight and grade eleven)

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are online tests that measure what your child 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 he or she needs to be successful in school.

California is in the process of implementing the California Next Generation Science Standards. As part of that implementation, students in grades five, eight and high school will try out a new test called the California Science Test, or CAST.

To learn more about either the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp.

You can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal at http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html.

For information on specific dates and times when your student will take the test in each subject, please contact Mona Hood at (530) 633-3100 x101.

Vic Ramos, Ed.D.
Superintendent and Principal

How Can I Help My Student Get Ready for the CAASPP?Top of Page

You are an important part of your student's education.  Some things you can do to help your student are:
  • Talk about the test with your student.  Make sure they are not scared or anxious.
  • Tell your student that you and his or her teacher have high expectations and that you are both there to help, every step of the way.
  • Take a practice test with your student.
  • Make sure your student gets a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.

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