IUSD students in grades three to eight, 10 and 11, who participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), will receive their assessment results by mail in late September or early October. Below is important information about the assessments, score reports and what they mean to you and your child. For more information, visit iusd.org/statewide-testing.
CAASPP assessments include:
Grades 3-8 & 11
- Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics
- California Alternative Assessment Field Test (alternate assessment for students with special needs)*
Grades 5, 8 & 10
- California Standards Tests Science
- California Modified Assessment Science (modified for students with special needs)
- California Alternate Performance Assessment Science (alternate assessments for students with special needs)
New Scores Cannot be Compared to Old Scores
The Smarter Balanced assessments are aligned with the new state standards and are scored in a completely new way. Therefore, scores from these new assessments cannot be compared to older state testing scores. Click here for a sample score report.
The New Assessments Provide a Baseline for Future Progress
The new assessment results will provide students with a baseline to track progress over time. As our students and schools become more familiar with the new assessments, we expect the scores to continue to increase.
Scores are One of Many Measures
Assessment scores should be used as one of many measures when evaluating student learning. They provide some but not all information about a student’s knowledge and skills. Results from tests should be reviewed in combination with other measures, such as in-class assignments, classroom tests, teacher conferences and other factors. For more information about your child’s academic progress, please contact your child’s teacher(s) or school.
How Test Scores Are Used
IUSD will use these baseline scores as one of many measures when looking at individual student learning. They will also help the District continue to improve upon the high-quality instruction we provide. The scores will not be used to determine student advancement to the next grade level or as the sole piece of information when making academic decisions about students.
Additional Information and Resources
*Students who participated in the California Alternate Assessment Field Test will not receive results this year. The 2015 year was a field test, meant to measure the quality of test items, not to measure student performance.