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Assessing Student Learning

Now What? Using Your Child’s Score Report

How did your child do on the Smarter Balanced assessments? Achievement Assessments Office staff will present information on reading and interpreting your child’s CAASPP state score report. All parents and community members are welcome. 

Click here to register for one of the following workshops:

Thursday, October 12, 2017 5-6 pm, Charles Drew, 50 Pomona Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124

Thursday, October 19, 2017 6-7 pm, Sunset Elementary School, 1920 41st Ave, CA 94116

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Assessing Student Learning

Assessments are an important part of California’s plan for high-quality teaching and learning, which seeks to help all students graduate prepared for college-level coursework and a 21st-century career. Like class assignments and report cards, assessments are one gauge of student progress, providing information to schools, teachers, and parents about how students performed against California’s challenging new goals for learning.

CAASPP Student Score Reports

Parents of students who participated in any California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing in ELA, Math and Science will be mailed individual student score reports for the CAASPP. These reports will include detailed information about their child’s performance the new end-of-year tests which were administered in the spring.

Watch a video from the California Department of Education (CDE) to help you and your child understand the information contained in the report.

Additional links for understanding the CAASPP student score reports:

Why Do We Need Assessments?

Assessments aren't just about the numbers, they're also a chance for reflection and growth. Look for areas for improvement, and remember to celebrate your child's accomplishments too!

A Look Inside: Assessment and Data in Action at a SFUSD School
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Not only are assessments a good way to evaluate your child's progress and accomplishments, they also inform teachers, principals and the district. Take a look at the various ways they're used to enhance teaching and learning at our schools.

Standards Based Report Cards (SBRC TK-5)

In SFUSD, we send report cards home to families of all students in grades TK-5 after the end of each trimester. Teachers use report cards to share information about a student’s progress in meeting the expectations set out by the various content standards. 

District Assessments

SFUSD elementary, middle and high schools give high-quality district assessments in reading, writing and mathematics. SFUSD assessments are designed to support instructional best practices that ensure all students build a variety of 21st century skills needed for college and career.


SFUSD will focus on the administration of constructed response tasks in math. These will be designated Milestone Tasks within the Core Curriculum. These tasks will provide teachers with evidence of what students are able to do, and a foundation for collaboration around expectations of student work. Students in grades 3-8 will receive student reports with scores from these assessments at Parent Teacher Conferences. In addition to constructed response tasks, in math students will be assessed on computers on the Illuminate platform.


All students in Transitional Kindergarten (TK), Kindergarten, grades 1 & 2 take a reading assessment created by Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell. This research-based assessment provides teachers with important information regarding each child’s reading abilities as they progress from reading letters, to words, to texts of increasing complexity. Results from this assessment allows teachers to select texts, and teach reading strategies that match each readers’ specific needs.

All students in grades 3-10  take a computer-based reading assessment called Reading Inventory. During these assessment students read texts, and then select words that complete sentences within those texts. Results from this assessment allow for monitoring a child’s progress and growth in reading across the school year and across grade levels. With this information teachers match readers to text, differentiate and plan efficient and effective instruction for all learners.

 To support reading skills at home families can:

  • Ask their child’s teacher to explain grade-level expectations for reading.
  • Ask their child’s teacher or librarian for help in finding “just right” books.
  • Encourage children to write at least 20-30 minutes each day. 


All students in grades 3-10 take the Integrated Writing Assessment (IWA) during the winter of the 2017-2018 academic school year. During this assessment, students read texts, and then identify and synthesize important details from their reading to write an informative essay. Results from this assessment allows teachers to design whole/small group, and individualized instruction that supports students in becoming proficient writers.

 To support writing skills at home families can:

  • Ask their child’s teacher to explain grade-level expectations for proficient writing and the characteristics of Informative/Explanatory writing.
  • Encourage children to write at least 30 minutes each day.

Questions? Call or email the Achievement Assessment Office at 241-6400 or