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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.

Click here to learn about CAASPP student score reports.

Click here for online resources to help your child.


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!

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.

Interim Assessments

SFUSD will focus on the administration of robust constructed response tasks in math and ELA. In ELA, these will be writing prompts.  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, as well as a rich common foundation for collaboration and calibration around expectations of student work. District-wide professional development around scoring and calibration of these tasks will be offered. In addition to constructed response tasks, SFUSD will also use the new Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) provided by Smarter Balanced.

Integrated Writing Assessment (IWA)

All students in grades 3, 6 and 9 take the Integrated Writing Assessment (IWA) during the 2015-2016 academic school year.  In SFUSD, we believe that students should have opportunities to read, discuss their reading, and plan to write using evidence to support their ideas.  The IWA assesses the Common Core State Standards for writing and is similar in design to the writing tasks on the new Smarter Balanced Assessments.

Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (F&P)

F&P assessments allow teachers to choose texts that are "just right" for students and plan instruction. In SFUSD, all Transitional Kindergarten (TK), Kindergarten (K), and grade 1 & 2 students take F&P assessments twice a year. Additionally, students in grades 3-5 take F&P assessments in some schools.

Online Resources for Families

This document lists online resources that cover Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessment preparation and review tools.  Also included are computer skill-building references and links to online practice and online security measures for families.

Further Resources

Questions? Call or email the Achievement Assessment Office at 241-6400 or aao@sfusd.edu

NOTE: To access resources in Spanish and Chinese, click the links at the top of the page.