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State Testing

CAASPP Spring 2019 Testing

Testing across Sylvan District will occur between April 1, 2019 and May 17, 2019.  For information on specific dates and times when your child will take the test in each subject, please contact your child’s school office.  

Each spring, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). 

This year, students without an IEP designation for an alternate assessment will take the following test(s), depending on the student's grade level:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English language arts/literacy (grades three through eight)
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in mathematics (grades three through eight)
  • California Science Test (CAST) in grades five and eight

For CAASPP testing, students who have the most significant cognitive disabilities, as designated in their active individualized education program, are eligible to take the California Alternative Assessments (CAAs).

This year, students with an IEP designation eligible to take an alternate assessment will take the following test(s), depending on the student's grade level:

  • California Alternate Assessment for English language arts/literacy (grades three through eight)
  • California Alternate Assessment for Mathematics (grades three through eight)
  • California Alternate Assessment for Science (grades five and eight)

These assessments are online tests that measure what your child knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support he or she needs to be successful in school.

To learn more about either the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page

You can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal.  

To learn more about the CAAs, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page.  In addition, sample performance tasks for the CAA for Science are available on the CAASPP Web page.  

Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60615, parents/guardians may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse their child from any or all of the CAASPP assessments.

How can I help my child get ready for the testing?

You are an important part of your child’s education. Some things you can do to help your child are:

  • Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.

  • Tell your child that you and his or her teacher have high expectations and that you are both there to help, every step of the way.

  • Take a practice test with your child.

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.

English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC)

Please visit the English Learners homepage here for more information on the ELPAC.