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State Testing Update

March 2021

Dear SCUSD Families,

We want to thank you for your continued patience as we adapt our regular school practices and procedures to accommodate the many challenges presented by the pandemic. Parents, students, and teachers have stepped up in heroic ways and we are starting to see a light as we prepare to bring students back into our schools for the first time in over a year.

As you may know, each year in the Spring, our district provides the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) statewide assessments in English language arts and math to students in grades 3-8 and grade 11. The California State Board of Education took the first step to give districts the option of using the statewide assessments or district-selected assessments for the 2020-2021 school year. We are still awaiting full details and guidance from the California Department of Education, and are actively investigating a district-selected option for grades 3 through 8 if awarded that flexibility. 

Given the many uses of CAASPP for grade 11 that cannot be easily replaced by local assessments, 11th graders will be administered the CAASPP this year. Regardless of the assessment our district uses, all spring assessments will be administered to students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 whether at home or in school, and parents and guardians will receive their child’s results in both English language arts and math. 

California Alternative Assessments (CAA) for severely disabled students are still required to be administered in-person to each student in grades 3-8 and 11, by their teacher, when the student is physically back on campus.

There are many ways to measure student learning, and the spring test is only one of them. It is not meant to tell the whole story, but when combined with other factors, like report card grades and teacher input, it will give families a more complete picture of their child’s performance so that they can partner with teachers to ensure that students reconnect, re-engage, and recover learning in the months ahead. 

We are committed to communicating early and often with you as we receive additional information. 

In partnership,

Santa Clara Unified School District