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CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) aka Smarter Balanced Assessments

Dear Parent or Guardian:

As part of our continued efforts to improve communication with parents, the Oak Grove School District will employ the use of the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. This portal will be available on our district website for all parents who have students in grades K - 8 and will provide parents with access to Student Score Reports for State Testing electronically through the parent portal. It will also include personal and district contact information. All parents should have already received their confidential Parent Portal login information back in February. The site to visit is

If you are unable to login to the Parent Portal, please contact for password support.


Estimado padre o tutor: Como parte de nuestros esfuerzos continuos para mejorar la comunicación con los padres, el Distrito Escolar de Oak Grove empleará el uso del Portal de Padres Infinite Campus. Este portal estará disponible en nuestro sitio web del distrito para todos los padres que tienen estudiantes en los grados K - 8 y les proporcionará a los padres acceso a los Informes de calificaciones de los estudiantes para las pruebas estatales a través del portal para padres. También incluirá información personal y de contacto del distrito. Todos los padres ya deberían haber recibido su información de inicio de sesión confidencial en el Portal de Padres en febrero. El sitio que debe visitar es Si no puede iniciar sesión en el Portal de Padres, comuníquese con o llame al nuestro servicio de asistencia al para el soporte de contraseña.

What Parents and Students Should Know about Smarter Balanced.

Clicking the link will direct you to the Smarter Balanced website for extensive information.

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Al hacer clic en el enlace, accederá al sitio web de Smarter Balanced para obtener información detallada.
Frequently asked questions about Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments.

Part of a Comprehensive Plan for Student Success

Each spring California students in grades three through eight and grade eleven take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. Smarter Balanced is a comprehensive assessment system that also includes formative assessment tools, allowing teachers to assess student learning during instruction, as well as interim assessments, which cover material taught over a period of time. Both formative and interim assessments provide teachers with critical and timely information so that they can adjust their teaching and differentiate instruction to target students’ individual needs.

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  1. What are the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments?

    The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are annual computer-based tests that assess students’ progress toward:

    • Meeting the rigorous academic standards adopted by California, and
    • Developing the critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving skills needed for college and a 21stcentury career.

    They replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments that students took under the old Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR) and focus more on the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed for college and a 21st century career. The first statewide administration of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments was spring 2015.

  2. How were the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments developed?

    California worked with 20 other states as part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to develop the assessments, as well as the professional and instructional resources provided to help students, teachers and schools throughout the year. Educators—from K–12 to higher education—were deeply involved in the design, testing, and scoring of the assessments.

  3. How are Smarter Balanced Assessments an improvement over previous statewide tests?
    • The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are computer-based and computer adaptive, providing students with a wider range of questions and yielding more accurate information on the knowledge and skills that individual students have mastered.
    • The tests include performance tasks that challenge students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving, and to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems.
    • The tests measure standards that our K–12 and higher education systems all agree address appropriate expectations for the preparation of high school graduates for success in careers and college.
    • The tests are taken online, and results are available to teachers, schools, and school districts much more quickly than results from previous tests.
    • The assessment system is designed to measure student growth over time, which was not possible under California’s previous system, and will provide teachers and schools with important information to guide learning.
    • The tests include supports for English learners and students with special needs, allowing them to effectively demonstrate what they know and are able to do.
  4. What specific supports are available to English learners and students with disabilities?

    There are a full range of accessibility supports for all students, including those who are English learners and students with disabilities. These include universal tools, designated supports, accommodations, and unlisted resources. For a full list and description of these supports, please see the CDE’s Student Accessibility Supports web page.

  5. What do the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments measure?

    The assessments measure student performance on California’s content standards in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics and their ability to write analytically, think critically, and solve complex problems. Results from the assessments are just one piece of information to help teachers, parents/guardians, and students understand how well a student is doing and whether they are meeting the grade-level standards. While the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are important, students and parents should review the results in combination with other important performance measures, such as report cards, grades received on class assignments, and other teacher feedback.

  6. How are results from the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments used?

    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. 

  7. How are results reported for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments?

    The Student Score Reports include the student’s overall score and achievement level for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics, as well as information on the student’s performance in key areas (claims). In ELA, the claims include reading, listening, writing, and research/inquiry. In mathematics, the four claims are presented in three reporting categories: concepts and procedures, problem solving/modeling and data analysis, and communicating and reasoning.

    The reports will include the student’s scores from the most recent test administration as well as the scores from previous administrations, providing a side-by-side comparison from one year to the next and allowing students, parents, teachers, and school administrators to measure student progress over time.

  8. When do local educational agencies receive their children's scores?

    Preliminary scores will be available to local educational agencies (LEAs) within three weeks after the test administration through the Online Reporting System (ORS). Once LEAs receive the student score reports, they have 20 days to publish the reports to parents, in accordance with Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 863.

  9. Where can parents find more information about their children's scores?

    Sample score reports, understanding your student’s score reports flyers, and parent guides are located on the CDE, CAASPP Student Score Report Information web page.

    See the Smarter Balanced website External link opens in new window or tab., for help to understand their child’s score report and learn how to track their child's progress toward graduating ready for college and career.

  10. When will the state post its official results?

    The state will publicly release statewide results after all testing has been completed and all results have been tabulated. The results are posted on the CDE’s CAASPP Reporting web page.

  11. Will my student's score be kept confidential?

    Yes. The California Department of Education takes the privacy of student records very seriously. No new data is being collected because of the change from one test to another. All student scores and other confidential data are stored securely, monitored against intrusion, and accessible only to those with legitimate educational purposes and credentials.

  12. What happens if too few students participate in testing?

    California has scaled back the use of standardized assessments, and currently only tests in the grades and subjects required by federal law. The federal government requires a 95 percent participation rate, and may withhold funding to states where too few students participate, though no state has actually lost funding so far. States are also required to use test participation as one component of local school accountability, but no determination about consequences has been made. Last year, more than 97 percent of eligible students took part in CAASPP.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress | | 916-445-8765

Brief student videos gives key information about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and how to get additional information about testing in the State of California.