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CAASPP Communications Toolkit

The toolkit provides links to key communications about the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress System (CAASPP) and the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments.
The CAASPP System
Common Core Communications Toolkit
  • Common Core Communications Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab. – This toolkit provides various resources from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation including a PowerPoint presentation that administrators can present to parents and template letters about the Smarter Balanced assessments in both English and Spanish.
The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are part of the CAASPP System that are given each spring to students in grades three through eight and grade eleven. They are based on California’s challenging content standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

Parent Communication Resources about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

Several resources have been developed to help schools and districts better communicate with parents about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. These resources were developed based on parent focus groups and can be customized by districts and schools.

  • Letter to Parents (DOC) – A letter that explains to parents that their child will be participating in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment. The letter is customizable and addresses some key questions that many parents will have about the assessments.
Videos

Brief student videos gives key information about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and how to get additional information about testing in the State of California.

2014–15 Videos
Smarter Balanced Web Site Links
California Alternate Assessments

California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics are given in grades three through eight and grade eleven. The CAAs have replaced the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for ELA and mathematics, which were eliminated in 2015. Only eligible students may participate in the administration of the CAAs. The CAPA for science in grades five, eight, and ten will continue to be administered until a replacement assessment is available.

Science Assessments (Coming Soon)
Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 22, 2016
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