In just a few weeks our 3rd through 6th grade students will be taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in the areas of English Language Arts, Math, and Science (5th grade). The Smarter Balanced tests are taken by students on Chromebooks in the classroom. There are Practice Tests available for students and parents to take that provide a good idea of what the tests questions will look like. The Practice Tests are available for anyone to use on the CAASPP website. There are Practice Tests for 3rd through 12th grade in both English–Language Arts and Math. Each Practice Test has about 30 questions.
I encourage parents to explore the Practice Tests with your child and discuss them with each other. Your child will also be able to access the Practice Tests on our school computers. As with all standardized test, this is only a snapshot of your child’s academic performance. Throughout the year, your child’s teacher assesses each student’s progress through theme tests, benchmarks, and other informal evaluations. These other means of measurement are given to ensure that your child is mastering the curriculum and state standards. Parents receive information throughout the year of their child’s academic performance through progress reports and report cards.
If there is ever a question of how your child is progressing, please do not hesitate to sit down and conference with his or her teacher.