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A New Testing System 
 
Teachers want to know what students know so they can adjust instruction. Like class assignments and report cards, tests provide one more way to assess student progress. Because the things we want students to know and be able to do have changed, our tests must change as well.

This spring students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will take part in the statewide administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These computer-based tests have replaced the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and math. 

The tests are an academic check-up, designed to give teachers feedback they need to improve instruction and the tools to improve teaching and learning. The assessments will use computer adaptive technology to provide more accurate information about individual student performance. And because the tests are taken online, information will be available to teachers, schools and school districts on a timely basis so it can be used to help students learn. ​

RUSD Assessment Calendar Window: This assessment calendar window defines the dates and times for schools to implement the SBAC assessments.

* Please contact the school site for your child's specific testing schedule.


Understanding Student Scores: The official CAASPP website from the California Department of Education.  This website provides many resources for parents and students.
What Will Smarter Balanced Mean to Me: This one-page handout gives an overview of the assessment system.

Keyboard Commands for Students: This sheet provides keyboard commands students can use to navigate between test elements, features, and tools.

What is a CAT? What is a Performance Task? What are Universal Tools?

Smarter Balanced Parent Student Page: The national site that provides access to fact sheets, questions and answers, and resources in English and Spanish.

CAASPP Parent Informational Video:

The video link above contains important information for parents whos students will be taking the new State Assessment.

Following the spring 2016 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent home 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.

It is important to note that these scores cannot be compared to scores that your child previously received on the STAR Program tests because this test is based on the new Common Core State Standards, involves different types of test questions, and will not be reported using the STAR Program reporting categories.

If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP Web page



The Smarter Balanced Practice Test (updated in May 2014) and the Training Test (released in February 2014) provide students with an early look at sets of assessment questions aligned to the Common Core for grades 3-8 and 11 in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics.  Both resources will help teachers and students prepare for the Smarter Balanced Assessments. 
   This video to the right contains information for parents to help them understand their Student Score Report from the CAASPP.  
       
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