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Common Core Assessments

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

For the 2015-16 school year, AUSD students will be participating in the new "Smarter Balanced Assessments" (or "Common Core tests") from March to June. (Each school site will develop its own testing schedule within this time frame.) These computer-based assessments measure students' proficiency with California’s Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards for grades 3-8 and 11.

The California Department of Education (CDE) will release the results of this testing to school districts across the state in the late summer. Once AUSD has received the individual student reports, we will send them out to families.

You can find parent notifications about the testing to the left. You can find more background on the Common Core Standards here.

CAASPP (Common Core Test) FAQ

Our "Frequently Asked Questions" provides basic information on how the test was developed, how it's different from the old STAR tests, and how the district will use the results. You can find more information on the Common Core curriculum on our "Common Core State Standards" page.


2016 CAASP Tests

AUSD students will be taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress between March 11 and June 17 this year. (Each school site will develop its own testing schedule within this time period.) You can find more information about the tests and the schedule below.


Parent Notification Letters


Testing Opt Out Information


Common Core Assessment Resources

The following websites and videos provide basic information about both the Common Core tests. Please check back often to see what new materials we have added!


In English:

California Department of Education: "Understanding Your Child's Score Report"

CAASPP.org: "Take a Practice Test"

CAASPP.org: Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment:

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Grade 11

California PTA: "Sample Student Score Report"

Great Schools: "State Test Guide for Parents"

Sacramento County Office of Education: "A Family Guide to Understanding California's New Testing System"

Part 1

Part 2

Great Schools: "SBAC Test Guide"

In Spanish

California Department of Education: "Entendiendo el Reporte de Calificaciones Individual de CAASPP del Estudiante"

Three Components of CAASPP

Scale Score Ranges

CAASPP Results Sample


In Cantonese

Three Components of CAAASP

Talk with Your Child's Teachers About CAASPP

California Department of Education: "Parent and Teacher Conversations About CAASPP"