June 11, 2019
June 11, 2019

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At the end of the 2018-19 school year, students in grades three through eight and high school participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

Your child took the following test(s), depending on grade level:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or California Alternate Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11
  • California Science Test (CAST) in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school

The California Department of Education (CDE) is transitioning to paperless delivery of 2019 CAASPP individual student score reports. During the summer months, your child’s Student Score Report for ELA and math will be released by the testing vendor on a rolling basis as they are scored. As soon as your child’s score report is complete, it will be accessible electronically through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Results for CAST will be provided in the late fall. To learn how to access your child’s results, visit https://www.pausd.org/accessing-caaspp-paperless-score-reports.

Students in grades 4 through 8 who took the test in previous years will also see past scores so you can see your child’s progress over time.

For parents of grade 11 students, you will also find an Early Assessment Program (EAP) status report. The EAP status shows your child’s readiness for credit-bearing, college-level courses in ELA and mathematics.

For more information, please see the CSU Success web page at http://www.csusuccess.org.

To learn more about your child’s scores, go to the CDE’s new parent web page called Starting Smarter, available at https://ca.startingsmarter.org/.

This site includes:

  • resources to help understand results on the student score reports
  • access to sample test questions and practice tests
  • no-cost resources to support learning
  • a guide for parent-teacher conferences

In Palo Alto Unified, the test results are one of multiple measures we use to look at how well our students are doing academically. Schools can use the results to identify specific areas in which to set goals and focus more attention in the next school year, while teachers can use the results to identify and address individual student needs. It is also important to know that the test results are not used to determine whether a student moves to the next grade. If you have questions, we recommend that you discuss the results with your child’s teacher.

Sincerely,

Sharon Ofek
Chief Academic Officer, Secondary Education

Anne Brown
Chief Academic Officer, Elementary Education