Assessing Student Learning

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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.

District Assessments

SFUSD elementary, middle and high school students participate in common district assessments in reading 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 in advance of each Parent Teacher Conference Week. This year, Parent Teacher Conference Week begins on November 16, 2020 and on March 8, 2021.

 

State Assessments

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.  

The state assessments for the 2018-19 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) are shown in the carousel below: