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California Department of Education



Dear Parent or Guardian:

In spring of the 2016-2017 school year, your child participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which includes the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics.  These exams are based on California’s challenging new academic standards and are part of the State’s comprehensive plan for supporting high-quality learning at every level. The new California standards are designed to help all students graduate ready for college and careers.

These tests include a wider variety of questions than the previous multiple-choice tests.  The CAASPP assessments require students to explain how they solve problems, think critically, and write analytically. These higher level skills take time and practice to master.

Like class assignments and report cards, these assessments serve as a measure of student progress.  This is one way to provide you and your child’s teachers with information about your child’s progress toward mastering the standards and growing as a learner.

The child’s Student Score Report, which shows your child’s achievement on these tests, will be mailed to your home. Please take a few moments to review it. You will notice that, along with an overall score for each subject, there is also information about how your child performed in different skill areas associated with English language arts/literacy and mathematics.  If your child tested the prior year, you will also notice that the score report presents two years of data, which allows you to view your child’s progress over time.

This year, students in grades 5, 8 and high school took part in a pilot of the new California Science Test (CAST).  The pilot test is meant to evaluate test questions, as well as help students and schools become familiar with the new standards and content.  Individual student scores will not be available until the new test is ready for operational use statewide.

In grade 11, the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment for ELA and mathematics also serve as an indicator of readiness for college-level coursework and are used by the California State University (CSU) and participating California Community Colleges (CCCs) to determine Early Assessment Program (EAP) status.  Students will find their EAP status reported on the front of the Student Score Report.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please call the school office to arrange a time to speak with a teacher or administrator.

There are several resources available to help you interpret the results and better understand the CAASPP Student Score Report. Please visit the California Department of Education’s web page at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppssrinfo.asp.


Mike Biondi                                                                         Kevin Grier
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services                      Director, Curriculum and Special Projects

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Understanding Your Child's Score Report

Sample Score Report

Additional resources available to help parents and guardians interpret the results and better understand the CAASPP Student Score Report can be found here:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppssrinfo.asp