Local Assessments

  • K-5 Reading Level Assessments (Fountas & Pinnell)

    All K-2 (and most 3-5) students in Santa Clara Unified School District are assessed using the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) 2-3 times per year. This comprehensive system is designed for one-on-one assessment of students’ instruction and independent reading abilities including accuracy, understanding and fluency. Pre-reading skills are also assessed including Letter Identification, Early Literacy Behaviors and Word Write.

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    K-12 Mathematics Benchmarks and 6-12 End-of-Course Exams

    SCUSD's Curriculum and Instruction Department has been in the process of piloting and adapting Mathematics benchmarks and common formative assessments aligned to state standards and standards-aligned curricula. Mathematics benchmarks are administered during each quarter to assess standards taught within that quarter.  6-12 End-of-Course exams are administered at teacher/department discretion.

    K-12 ELA Performance Based Assessments (PBA’s)

    The K-12 English Language Arts Performance-Based Assessments are administered to students in grades K-12 in the fall, winter and spring. Assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced ELA Performance Task protocols. Teachers use the results of this assessment to improve their instructional practice and to better support students in achieving the Common Core ELA Standards, particularly in writing.

    5-8 Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP)

    Administered each spring to rising 6th-9th graders, these assessments provide teachers with information regarding student readiness for advanced math courses in grades 6-9 for the following year.

    Math Placement Letter

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    6-8 Reading Level Assessment/Scholastic Reading Inventory Assessment (SRI)

    Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) Enterprise Edition is a reading assessment program that provides immediate, actionable data on students' reading levels and growth over time. SRI helps educators differentiate instruction, make meaningful interventions, forecast growth toward grade-level state tests, and demonstrate accountability. The SRI assessment provides educators, teachers, students, and parents with a Lexile measure of student reading ability. Teachers, parents, and students can use this information to match the student reading level with books that are at the student’s Lexile level.

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