March 9, 2018
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/literacy (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 following tests April 9 through May 11:
- Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and mathematics (3rd-5th grade)
- The California Science Test (CAST) - Field Test (5th grade)
To learn more about these tests, please visit CDE’s Test Score Guide Web site at http://www.testscoreguide.org/ca, which provides informative guides and test score descriptions as well as sample test items at different levels of difficulty. Another great resource are the Practice and Training Tests, which can be found on the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. Here, parents can experience the kinds of questions that students will encounter on the tests.
Pupils in applicable grade levels will participate in the CAASPP except as exempted by law. 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. School district employees will not solicit or encourage any exemption request on behalf of a pupil or group of pupils.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation in statewide assessments, please contact your child’s teacher.