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SBAC Testing Information: Letter to Parents

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program as the new state academic testing system. CAASPP is 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. This year, CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English–language arts and mathematics as well as paper-based tests for science.

Last year, most students participated in a computer-based field test of the new Smarter Balanced assessments. While the practice run of this test did not produce individual scores, it enabled students to experience computer-based testing and new types of questions. In addition, the field test also helped evaluate how well districts’ technology systems could meet the demands of computer-based tests and determine what resources teachers and schools would need to better prepare students for success on future assessments.

Beginning this month and throughout the month of May, our students will take the Smarter Balanced assessments in grades three through eight. To learn more about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp.

At the conclusion of spring 2015 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent home to parents and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English–language arts and mathematics, and other information. 

It is important to note that these scores cannot be compared to scores that your child previously received on the STAR Program tests because this test is based on the new Common Core State Standards, involves different types of test questions, and will not be reported using the STAR Program reporting categories.

If you would like more information regarding the Smarter Balanced tests and the new state assessment 
system, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the California Department of Education CAASPP Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/. Your principal will also be providing you with specific schedule information regarding state testing at your child’s school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

Anne Silavs
Assistant Superintendent, Instruction