Statewide Testing

    

State testing was suspended for spring 2020 in light of school closures and the impact of COVID-19.  Please see the IUSD COVID-19 Resource Page for additional information.  Score reports are now available in Parent Portal for the small number of students who completed testing before the suspension.  Scores will not be available for students who did not complete all portions of the test.  No school, district, or statewide results will be available as a result of low test participation. 

Each spring, students in Irvine Unified School District participate in statewide assessments to provide information about their skills in English language arts/literacy, mathematics, science, and physical fitness. In IUSD, we see these assessments as an academic checkup. Like class assignments and report cards, these assessments provide one piece of information about student progress toward college and career readiness. Statewide assessment results should always be interpreted as one of multiple measures of a student's skills.  

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Click here for a video on the importance of academic check-ups!

 

caaspp testing overview

 

 

SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENTS (SBAC)

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) includes the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) in English-language arts/literacy and mathematics for students in grades 3-8 and 11. The assessments use computer adaptive technology to provide more accurate information about student performance.

 

If your child completed all portions of the Smarter Balanced Assessments, you will receive an automated e-mail from DoNotReply@aeries.com when your child’s scores are available in Parent Portal (my.iusd.org).  If your child’s scores do not appear in Parent Portal, the state may still be processing the results or your child may not have completed all portions of the test before state testing was suspended.  

 

CAASPP Results

Additional Resources

For additional information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, including assessment blueprints, information about achievement levels, and other resources please visit the California Department of Education website at the following link: Smarter Balanced Assessment System - California Department of Education.

 

CALIFORNIA SCIENCE TEST (CAST)

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) includes a summative science assessment in grades 5, 8, and high school.  The California Science Test (CAST) is an online test based on the Next Generation Science Standards. 

 

If your child completed all portions of the test last spring, you will receive an automated e-mail from DoNotReply@aeries.com when your child’s scores are available in Parent Portal (my.iusd.org).  If your child’s scores do not appear in Parent Portal, the state may still be processing the results or your child may not have completed all portions of the test before state testing was suspended. 

 

Understanding CAST Results

Additional Resources

For additional information about the California Science Test, including assessment blueprints, information about the Next Generation Science Standards, and other resources please visit the California Department of Education website at the following link: California Science Test - California Department of Education.

CALIFORNIA ALTERNATE ASSESSMENTS (CAA)

The California Alternate Assessments (CAA) for ELA/literacy, mathematics, and science are designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities.  The purpose of the CAAs is to measure what students know and can do.  These measures help identify and address gaps in knowledge or skills early so students can receive the support they need.  Eligible students participate in the CAAs for English language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11, and eligible students in grades 5, 8, and high school participate in the CAA for science.  These computer-based assessments are delivered one-on-one by a trained test examiner familiar to the student.

 

If your child completed all portions of the test last spring, you will receive an automated e-mail from DoNotReply@aeries.com when your child’s scores are available in Parent Portal (my.iusd.org).  If your child’s scores do not appear in Parent Portal, the state may still be processing the results or your child may not have completed all portions of the test before state testing was suspended.

 

Additional Resources

 

For additional information about the CAAs, including information about test content and guidelines for determining whether the CAA is the most appropriate assessment for a student, please visit the California Department of Education website at the following link: California Alternate Assessment - California Department of Education.

PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST (PFT)

Each spring, students in grades 5, 7, and 9 participate in the California Physical Fitness Test (PFT).  The physical fitness test used in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM, a comprehensive health-related physical fitness assessment.  The purpose of the PFT is to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity.

 

If your child completed all portions of the test last spring, you will receive a copy of your child's scores in the mail.  Scores were only provided for students who completed all six fitness tests before state testing was suspended. 

For additional information about the Physical Fitness Test, including test options, information about healthy fitness zones, and other resources please visit the California Department of Education website at the following link: Physical Fitness Test - California Department of Education.

English Language Proficiency (ELPAC)

This annual language assessment is required for students identified as English Learners.  The ELPAC provides a measure of student progress toward English language proficiency.  For additional information, please see the Language Development Program page.

     

    RESOURCES

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

     

    • California PTA website
      California’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) website provides resources for parents on a variety of topics, including information about understanding and interpreting your child’s state assessment results.

     

    • California Department of Education CAASPP 
      California Department of Education’s CAASPP website includes additional information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, California Alternate Assessments, and California Science Test.

     

    RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

    • Understanding Proficiency: Learning from Student Work on Performance Tasks 
      This website explores student work on Smarter Balanced performance tasks to develop a deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards.  Tools include sample student responses to performance task items (including both scored and unscored responses and samples from English Learners), scores with annotations by educators, and tools and videos to support professional learning.

     

    • CAASPP Teacher Guides
      These guides provide information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments in ELA/literacy and mathematics, including examples of the range and types of items that appear on the assessments.  Guides are organized by grade span to highlight changes in expectations as students move through grade levels.