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    Preparing for State Assessments 2017!

    March 1, 2017

    Dear, Shark Families,

    This year, students in grades 3-5 are taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).  The exam covers English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Portions of the CAASPP are pencil and paper and others are computer adaptive.  For this portion, students will use Chromebooks.  The purpose of the exam is to assist us in monitoring student progress as well as to ensure that all students are college and career ready.  Students in grade five will also participate in the California Science Test (CAST) pilot this spring.  Children will not receive scores for this assessment; however, data will be collected and reported for accountability.

    The CAASPP is based on Common Core Standards that involve more than a multiple choice response.  Students will need to read, analyze, write, and defend their thinking.  Individual score reports will be sent home following their evaluation.  They will detail a student’s achievement level in English Language Arts (comprised of two assessments) and Mathematics (comprised of two assessments) as well as provide an overall score.   

    To prepare for CAASPP, students are currently receiving Common Core lessons that focus on critical reading skills, writing with evidence, and multiple methods of math problem-solving.  They are also receiving additional support with skills not yet mastered and digital literacy.  After school homework clubs and typing classes, as well as daily intervention classes have also been provided.  Along with these supports, our students have been taking computer-based tests in preparation for CAASPP. 

    Last spring, our children demonstrated the following levels of proficiency:

    3rd Grade: 75% English Language Arts and 75% Math

    4th Grade: 74% English Language Arts and 79% Math

    5th Grade: 81% English Language Arts and 72% Math

    For more information on accountability and reporting of state testing, click here

    This year, our CAASPP testing window is April 25-May 19.   However, your classroom teacher can provide you with the four dates your child will be tested.  If you would like to preview the CAASPP exam, it may be found here:

    For more information, please visit the Parent/Student Tab on the California Department of Education CAASPP web page:  If you have any other questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact me.


    Lauren McGovern

    *Portions of this letter were adapted from CAASPP “Parent and Guardian Notification Letter Template”.