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 (in grades five and eight). These tests measure the skills called for by the academic standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems.
Ingenium students will be taking these assessments in the months of April and May. Your school will send home a detailed letter and schedule with specific dates.
In the summer months you will receive a score report, with each subject broken down into areas. The report shows how students are doing in each area and where they need help. Depending on these needs, teachers will use this information to provide targeted help to students to address their needs.
Please remember that the results from this test are not meant to tell the whole story. Your child’s scores are meant to be one of several ways for you and your child’s teacher to see how your student is progressing in school. Test scores, along with student report cards and teacher’s observations of your child’s performance in the classroom, are used together to form a complete picture of your child’s achievement.
To learn more about these tests, please visit CDE’s Test Score Guide Web site athttp://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 athttp://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. Here, parents can experience the kinds of questions that students will encounter on the tests.
Per Education Code section 60615 and Title 5, Section 852, “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a parent’s or guardian’s written request to school officials to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of the assessments administered pursuant to this chapter shall be granted. Title 5, Section 852, states that each year, the local educational agency shall notify parents or guardians of their pupil’s participation in the statewide testing system and the parents’ right to request in writing to excuse their child from any or all parts of the assessments."
If you would like to exempt your child from testing, please submit a written request to the school principal.