TESTING AND ASSESSMENT
This spring marks the third year of the new state testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Like last year, students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take tests in English-language arts and mathematics online using a computer. These tests are also known as the Smarter Balanced Assessments. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will also take the pilot California Science Tests (CAST) that align to the Next Generation Science Standards. In the next few years, other tests in other subjects like history-social science, art, and technology will also be added.
The 2017-18 Testing Calendar shows the proposed dates for assessments throughout the year. Please note that some dates may change and exact testing dates will be provided by your child's school.
The CAASPP system is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and are able to do and whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or career when they graduate from high school. Test results will help identify and address gaps in knowledge or skills early on so students get the support they need to be ready for success in higher grades.
Please use the following links to view brief videos about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and how to get additional information about testing in California.
For more information on the California Assessment of Performance and Progress, please refer to the following documents:
- Parent Testing Notification Letter
- Guide to Understanding the Score Reports
- Instructions for Accessing the SBAC Practice Tests
- LBUSD Guide to Understanding the New Testing System
- CAASPP Scale Scores for ELA
- CAASPP Scale Scores for Mathematics
- Smarter Balanced Guide to Adaptive Testing
- Sample Student Score Reports English (Spanish)
Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessments