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Understanding Your Student’s CAASPP Results

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The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is a system of assessments that measure student progress in different subjects. CAASPP is designed to help teachers monitor the needs and successes of individual students as they progress toward mastery of the state adopted standards. The CAASPP Student Score Report shows your child’s results on the CAASPP tests administered at the end of the school year. Like class assignments and report cards, assessments are one gauge of student progress, providing information to schools, teachers, and parents about how students performed against California’s challenging new goals for learning.

When and how will I receive my student’s results?

Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) is required to mail individual student paper score reports within twenty business days of receiving the paper score reports from the California Department of Education (CDE). CDE has sent SBUSD ninety percent of the paper score reports and SBUSD has mailed those home. CDE anticipates sending the remaining scores in September.

What do the results mean?

Results show a student’s progress towards mastering grade-level state adopted standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. This year’s test results show change from a baseline established if the student took the exams last year, and are an initial indication of the progress we expect students to make over time. For detailed information, please see the video Understanding the CAASPP Individual Student Score Report below, and the documents in the sidebar of this page.

How will the results be used?

No student, parent or teacher should be discouraged by scores, which will never be used to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade. Rather, the results will provide an opportunity to focus on the needs of students and support teachers and schools in their work.