Why do we need assessments?
Assessments are an important part of SFUSD’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 provide information to schools, teachers and parents as one gauge of student progress toward mastery of grade and/or course learning goals.
SFUSD elementary, middle and high school students participate in common district assessments in reading, writing and mathematics. Common district assessments are one of many tools used to monitor and support student progress toward mastery of grade-level content and skills. Families of students in grades K-8 will receive student reports with scores from these assessments at Parent Teacher Conferences. Families will be provided translated reports containing their child's district assessment results from teachers during each Parent Teacher Conference Week (November/March) each year. (District Assessments - Guides for Parents: English, Spanish, Chinese, Filipino, Arabic, Vietnamese)
There are many ways you can support your child’s literacy development at home. NEW! F&P Family Guides with details regarding characteristics of texts, and ways to support children in reading at home are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese and Arabic.
Click the arrows on the carousel below for more information and additional resources on district assessments by content area.
All students in Transitional Kindergarten (TK), Kindergarten, grades 1 & 2 participate in a reading assessment created by Fountas & Pinnell. All students in grades 3-10 participate in a computer-based reading assessment called Reading Inventory. Assessment results provide information for monitoring a child’s progress and growth in reading across the school year and across grade levels. Sample student reports are available.
All students in grades 3-10 participate in the Integrated Writing Assessment (IWA) by early February, each school year. During this assessment, students read texts, and then identify and synthesize important details from their reading to write an informative essay. Assessment results provide information for teachers to design whole/small group and individualized instruction that supports students in becoming proficient writers. Sample student reports are available.
As part of the Math Core Curriculum, all students in Kindergarten through Algebra II/Pre-Calculus participate in the Math Milestone Tasks during the 2019-20 school year. These are constructed response tasks in which students solve a series of math problems, showing their work and explaining their answer. Sample student reports are available.
State assessments are annual measures that provide a broad view of a student’s proficiency relative to grade- or course-level standards. These culminating assessments can provide a general sense of how students and schools are doing for families, school and district leaders, and state policy makers. Families receive reports containing their child's state assessment results in the mail in late August each year, click here to view sample State Assessment Student Reports.
The state assessments for the 2018-19 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) are shown in the carousel below:
English Language Arts and Mathematics
Smarter Balanced Assessment / California Alternative Assessment
Grades 3-8; 11
California Science Test (CAST) / CAA
Grades 5, 8, and 11
English Language Development
English Language Proficiency Assessments for CA (ELPAC)