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Assessment

Twenty-first century schools rely on accountability and documented student achievement to monitor progress and inform decision making in support of District and school goals and student outcomes. The SSFUSD Educational Services department is responsible for directing the administration of and reporting the results of several state and local assessments. 
 

California State Testing

Each year, California students take assessments as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 school take the Smarter Balanced or California Alternate Assessments in English-Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics, and students in grades 5, 8, and 12 take the California Science Test (CAST) or California Alternate Assessment in Science. Students in grades 5, 7, and 9 take the California Physical Fitness test (also known as FitnessGram). English Language Learners in all grade levels also take the Summative English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPAC). 
 
These tests are aligned to the State of California's content standards and provide students, families, and educators with information about how students are progressing toward content mastery and college and career readiness.
 
State testing season begins in February with ELPAC Summative and Physical Fitness testing. The CAASPP summative assessments are administered throughout April and May. Prior to that, schools will begin using practice tests and interim assessments to familiarize students with test formats and tools.  The district's testing windows are listed below. 
 
SSFUSD also continues to assess and monitor all students through local assessments throughout the school year. 
 
 
State Assessment Results from Spring 2022

Test results will be available in early fall in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The State of California no longer provides paper results for Smarter Balanced, CAST, or California Alternate Assessments, but parents/guardians may request paper copies directly from their student's school. Results for students who took the Physical Fitness Test (FitnessGram) last spring as 5th, 7th, or 9th graders are also available in Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you need assistance accessing Infinite Campus Parent Portal or with obtaining paper copies of your student's score reports, please contact your student's school.

 
Contact Dr. Marianne Hew, Director of Student Performance, Program Evaluation, and Instructional Interventions at 650-877-8835 or mhew[at]ssfusd.org with questions regarding state testing.

Testing Schedule for 2022-2023

Schools determine their exact testing dates within the testing window. Please refer to school websites and communications from the school principal for school-specific testing schedules.

Test

Subject

Students

Testing Window*

Smarter Balanced 
Assessment Consortium

(SBAC)

English Language Arts 

(ELA) and Mathematics

Grades 3-8 & 11

IEP team may designate students to take alternate assessment.
4/03 to 5/12

California Alternate Assessment

(CAA)

English Language Arts 

(ELA) and Mathematics

Grades 3-8 & 11

IEP team may designate students to take alternate assessment.
4/03 to 5/12

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California

(ELPAC)

English language
proficiency

English Language Learners K-12
 
IEP team may designate students to take alternate assessment.
Priority
2/01 to 3/24

Makeups through 5/12

California Science Test 
(CAST)

 

 
Science

 

Grades 5, 8, and 12

IEP team may designate students to take alternate assessment.
4/03 to 5/12

California Alternate Assessment

(CAA)


Science

 

Grades 5, 8, and 12

IEP team may designate students to take alternate assessment.
4/03 to 5/12

 

FitnessGram

 

 

Physical fitness

 

 
Grades 5,7, 9, and students enrolled in PE 9
 
2/01 to 5/12