Dear Parent(s) or guardian(s):
Shortly before school ended for the year, your child took part in the 2015–16 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which includes the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. These tests are based on California’s challenging academic standards, which include the ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems—the very skills needed to succeed in college and a 21st century career. These skills take time and effort to master, but our students will need them to succeed in the long run.
In our school district, we see a student’s test results as one measure of his or her academic progress. They will not be used to determine whether a student moves to the next grade. Schools can use the results to identify specific areas in which to focus more attention in the next school year, while teachers can use the results to identify and address individual student needs. We recommend that parents and/or guardians discuss the test results with their child’s teacher.
The student score report enclosed with this letter shows your child’s achievement for ELA and mathematics. Please take a few moments to review it. You’ll notice that along with an overall score for each subject, there is also information about how your child performed in different skill areas associated with ELA and mathematics. If your child tested in 2015, you’ll notice that the score report presents two years of data—for 2015 and 2016—which allows you to see your child’s progress over the last year. Also included is the Guide to Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report, to help you understand and interpret the results.
Our schools and teachers are still adjusting to new standards and assessments. Our education system has a long way to go, but we are making real progress in creating a system that serves the long-term needs of our students and our state.
These results are also being provided to your child’s school, where they can be used to help set learning goals for students this year. We invite you to take an active part in those discussions. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please contact the school directly to arrange a conference with your child’s teacher.
San Jacinto Unified School District