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:
- Download parent guides to the student reports from the CDE in English and Spanish or in additional languages
- View resources from Great Schools on what steps families can take to support student learning based on the Smarter Balanced results
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.
- Learn how to use the new Standards Based Report Cards to support your child’s learning
- View sample SBRCs for grades TK-5
- View the SFUSD Report Card Companion Document (coming in Fall 2016).
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.
- Read more about SFUSD and IWA
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.
- Read more about SFUSD and F&P
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.
- View the Online Resources for Families
- How Do Schools Use Data?
- Data and Assessment
- Teachers Use Assessment Data to Build Excitement for Reading
Questions? Call or email the Achievement Assessment Office at 241-6400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: To access resources in Spanish and Chinese, click the links at the top of the page.