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Assessment & Accountability


Each year, California students take tests in English-Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. These tests are aligned to California's state content standards and provide students, families, and educators with information about how students are progressing toward content mastery and college and career readiness.

CAASPP 2021 Information

The District testing window is from March through May. Schools will begin using Practice Tests and Interim Assessments so that students can become familiar with the test format and tools.  The CAASPP Summative Assessments will be administered throughout April and May.

Please refer to school websites and communications from the site Principal for site-specific testing schedules.

CAASPP Testing: Spring 2021
Assessment Grade Level Format
Smarter Balanced (SBAC) -
English Language Arts and Mathematics
3-8, 11
Computer adaptive + Performance task
Science (CAST)
Covers biological, chemical, and physical/earth sciences
5, 8,12
Fixed domain based + Performance task
California Alternate Assessments
English Language Arts and Mathematics
3-8, 11
In person
Administered 1:1
California Alternate Assessments
5, 8, 12
In person
Administered 1:1


Read the 2020-2021 CAASPP letter here:       English      Spanish

For parents who wish to opt out of CAASPP testing for their student, please complete this online  form. The form will need to be filled out  and a meeting will need to be arranged with your school principal. Paper copies of the form can be downloaded from these links below:





For any questions regarding CAASPP or remote testing, please contact Dr. Marianne Hew at 650-877-8835 or via email ( 

local assessments

SSFUSD will continue to assess and monitor all students through local assessments.


Remote testing
What you will need:
  • student legal first name
  • statewide ID (SSID)
  • test session ID (your teacher will provide this the day of the test)
  • headphones or a quiet place to test
  • District Chromebook or download secure browser (see below)
How to Remote Test (video)
Not sure where to find your SSID? You may find it:
  • in the district CAASPP letter mailed home in late February
  • on your latest report card
  • ask your teacher or school office



CAASPP testing requires a special secure browser. If you have a District Chromebook, it is already loaded. If you are using your own computer, you will need to download the secure browser prior to testing.
Videos on downloading the secure browser
The CAASPP secure browser cannot be installed on personal Chromebooks.
If you would like to check out a District Chromebook for testing, please contact your school office.




CAASPP website for parents/guardians


CAASPP Practice Tests: try out sample test items and the remote testing features


SSFUSD Virtual Office Hours: support for student/parents downloading secure browser to a personal laptop:

  • 3/10 (W) 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • 3/16 (T) 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Zoom link


SSFUSD parent webinar: preparing your student for CAASPP

date TBD