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PARENT AND GUARDIAN NOTIFICATION OF CAASPP TESTING

PARENT AND GUARDIAN NOTIFICATION OF CAASPP TESTING

Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

There are many ways to measure your child’s learning. Your child’s teacher uses report card grades, classroom work, teacher observations, and end-of-year statewide test results to get a complete picture of your child’s learning. Each year, students participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).
 
Your child will take the following tests, depending on their grade level or instructional program:
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts and math, required tests in grades 3–8 and 11
  • California Science Test (CAST), a required test in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school
  • California Spanish Assessment (CSA) – Potrero Elementary Only
 
You are an important part of your child’s education. To make sure your child feels comfortable taking tests, you can:
  • Explain to your child that these tests are tools to help them learn, and they should not be anxious or scared.
  • Explore the practice tests with your child at org/practice-and-training/index.html so they can become familiar with the platform and setup of the tests.
  • Remind your child that you and their teacher want them to try their best and are there to help, every step of the way.
 
You will receive your child’s results will be available in Aeries Parent Portal at the beginning of the next school year. For parents/guardians without access to the internet enabled devices, it is possible to request a printed copy of the CAASPP Student Score Report from your student’s school site administrator. The results will identify where your child is doing well or needs more help, so you can better support their learning at home and teachers can better support their learning in the classroom.
 
To learn more about these tests go to the Starting Smarter web page at ca.startingsmarter.org/, or review the Parent Guides to Understanding at cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp.
 
Please contact the Education and Instructional Services Department with any questions.
 
Sincerely,
 
Amy Conforth
Director of Education and Instructional Services
amy.conforth@meusd.org