March 8, 2019
Dear Lydiksen Grades 3-5 Parents/Guardians:
California’s academic standards — the things we want students to know and be able to do — are designed so students graduate ready for college and a career. One way we measure their progress is through the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments. Students across California in grades 3-8 and high school take these assessments each spring. These tests were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science. These tests measure the skills called for by the academic standards.
Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards. Given online, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing more precise measurement of individual skills. This year, Lydiksen students will take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and mathematics April 8 through May 10.
California is in the process of implementing the California Next Generation Science Standards. As part of that implementation, students in fifth grade will try out a new test called the California Science Test (CAST) as well.
For more information about these tests, please visit CDE’s CAASPP website at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/, which provides informative guides and test score descriptions as well as sample test items.
All pupils in applicable grade levels will participate in the CAASPP. Each year, parents may submit a signed, written request to excuse their child from any or all parts of the CAASPP assessments for that school year. If the parent submits the exemption request after testing begins, any test(s) completed before the request is submitted will be scored; the results will be included in the pupil’s records and reported to the parent.
If you have any questions about these assessments, please contact your child’s teacher.