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Understanding Test Scores


The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test is actually a collection of standards-based tests. More information:

The CAASPP test is just one measure of progress.

It is one of several indicators, in combination with report cards, teacher feedback, and classwork used to create a complete picture of a student’s progress in school.

This test focuses on real-world skills such as critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving.
Students are asked to do more than fill in the bubbles on a multiple choice test. They now have an opportunity to show their work and explain their reasoning as part of the testing process.

The test is connected to classroom instruction.
The test matches the skills and content that students are learning and practicing in the classroom on a daily basis. Each grade level has clear, prioritized goals that describe what students need to know and understand before the end of that year, and the test is mapped to those goals.

Scores will be used to improve instruction.
The results identify where students are doing well and where they need additional support in order to meet grade level expectations. Teachers will use the results to address students’ individual strengths and areas in need of improvement.

For more information, visit the links on this page or contact the school principal.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is the state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career.

CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English language arts, mathematics, and science. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 take the computer adaptive tests in English language arts and math in the spring. Students in grades 5, 8, and an assigned high school grade also take the science test.

If you would like more information regarding your school’s testing schedule, please contact your school’s main office.

Following the spring testing, students will receive individual score reports electronically. Reports will include an overall score, and description of the student’s achievement level for English language arts, mathematics, and science if applicable.

These assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards in literacy and mathematics and include more rigorous content than the previous tests. Through CAASPP, districts gain valuable information and monitor student progress to ensure that all students master the new standards and are prepared for college and career opportunities beyond high school.

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California’s state standards for science call for students to think and work like scientists and engineers — asking questions and learning through hands-on investigation and discovery. Working with science teachers, California developed the California Science Test (CAST), that emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning. Students in grade 5, 8, and an assigned high school grade participate in this assessment. CAST is part of California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and its results will be included in the CAASPP Student Score Report



What if I don’t have access to a desktop computer?

You can view your student’s score report through the parent portal on any device connected to the internet, such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Log into the parent portal, Illuminate Home Connection, on your device to view the report. We understand that not all families will be able to access the Student Score Reports in this way. Paper copies of reports will be available upon request from the school office.

Is my child’s information secure if it’s online?

Yes, the Student Score Reports are secure because they can be accessed only through Aeries Parent Portal, which requires a username and password to access.

Will I get scores faster?

Yes, you will be able to view your child’s score report online earlier than in the past. In the past, Student Score Reports had to be printed and mailed, which caused a delay. This year, you can view the report online as soon as it is available.

Can I still get a paper copy?

Student Score Reports dating back three years will be available in the parent portal, Illuminate Home Connection, so you can always go back and print them.

Is the electronic score report accessible to parents with disabilities?

Yes. All Student Score Reports are screen readable and provide adequate color contrast.

Will the report be available in my home language?

The electronic Student Score Reports will be available in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, and Filipino. In the future, they will be translated into other languages.

Where can I find more information to help me understand my child’s score report?

You can find information to help you understand your child’s score report at the Starting Smarter CAASPP website and Starting Smarter ELPAC website, where you also can find sample test questions and free resources to help support your child’s learning.

Who should I contact if I have questions about my child’s score report?

If you have questions or concerns about your child's score report, please contact your child's teacher.

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CAASPP Opt Out Option for Parents

California Ed Code section 60615 states parents or guardians have the right to exclude their child/children from any or all parts of CAASPP testing. Requests to excuse a child from testing must be submitted in writing, each year, to site administration, including students with active Individual Education Plans (IEPs).