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2021-22 CAASPP Letter to Families

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Questions and answers

How can I help my student get ready for the CAASPP?

  • Talk about the test with your child. Help them understand that this is just a tool for seeing how much they have learned and in what areas they might need support. 

  • Encourage your child to do their best so the tests can measure what they’ve learned.

  • Take a practice test with your child.

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing. Arrive at school on time.

When will my student take the CAASPP tests?

For information on specific dates and times when your child will take the test in each subject, please contact your child’s school/teacher.

 

When and how can I review my student’s results?

The results from the CAASPP will be posted in your AERIES Parent Portal at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year. We will notify you when the results are posted.

 

Where can I learn more? 

To learn more about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Summative Assessments web page . This page provides information in seven different languages.

 

You also can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal.

march 18, 2022

 

Dear Parent/Guardian:           

There are many ways to measure your child’s learning. Your child’s teacher uses classroom work, observations, and end-of-year statewide test results to get a complete picture of your child’s learning. 

One primary tool that school districts use to measure children’s progress each year is the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). This statewide test helps us determine whether students have acquired skills in Math, English Language Arts, and Science for specific grade levels. 

The CAASPP is important because it provides information about the effectiveness of our public education system and programs. The more information we have about our system, the more proactive measures we can take to ensure it’s benefiting all families and equipping all students to succeed in reaching the standards that will close opportunity gaps. We appreciate your support in ensuring we gather this information through CAASPP testing.

Your child will take the following CAASPP tests, depending on their grade level or instructional program:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English Language Arts and Math (required in grades 3–8 and 11)

  • California Science Test (CAST) (required in grades 5,8, and once in high school)

The summative assessments are taken on-line. This year, the testing will take place during in-person instruction.  

Please see additional information on this page to learn more about this year's CAASPP process.

Thank you for your continued partnership in your student’s education. 

 

Sincerely,

 

The Alameda Unified Data, Assessment, & Research Department

 

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what will the caaspp do?

As a high-level summary, the  CAASPP test is designed to: 

  • Determine whether your child understands and can use the skills needed for that grade level and ensure that all students are learning the high-quality Common Core State Standards for ELA and Math that were introduced in 2013.

  • Allow schools and districts to determine performance and progress of all students,  as well as gaps among particular student groups such as disadvantaged students

  • Improve how students are taught

  • Identify students who may benefit from additional support

  • Determine district funding allocations from the government (a high percentage of students must participate for districts to receive certain funds)

  • CAASPP scores can help high school students determine their readiness to take college level English and math courses if planning to attend a California State University (CSU) or California Community College (CCC). More information about the Early Assessment Program (EAP) program.

what won't the caaspp do?

The CAASPP test will NOT:

  • Affect your child’s grades in school

  • Determine if your student progresses to the next grade level

  • Be used punitively towards students, teachers, or schools

  • Determine the incremental progress a student throughout the year (we use district assessments to determine this)