Dear Parents/Guardians:

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program.  CAASPP is intended to provide information to ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career.  This year, CAASPP includes computer-adaptive tests in English-language arts and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11, as well as paper-based tests for science. The Smarter Balanced tests are based on the Common Core State Standards adopted by California in August 2010. This year’s testing window is from March 16th to May 29th in grades 3rd through 8th.

The Smarter Balanced tests will be taken on computers. Practice tests are available for everyone to use at http://californiatac.org/practice-and-training/index.html.  There is a practice test for each of grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 in both English-language arts and math. I encourage you to explore the practice tests with your child. In addition to the Smarter Balanced tests, students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will continue to take the paper-pencil science assessment this year.

Following the spring 2015 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent to parents and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English-language arts and mathematics, and other information. Students will begin taking these assessments in spring 2015.  We are available to answer any questions you may have about Smarter Balanced, or the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program.

Jon Ramirez
Counselor
Rooftop School Mayeda Campus (5-8)
Phone: (415) 522-6757 ext. 102
ramirezj1@sfusd.edu