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.

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. 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:

District Assessments

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. Click here for Sample Assessment Reports for Families.  (District Assessments - Guides for Parents: EnglishSpanishChineseFilipinoArabicVietnamese  

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, SpanishChineseFilipinoVietnamese and Arabic.

Want to know more about how your child's writing proficiency is assessed in SFUSD?   Information for families regarding the Integrated Writing Assessment are available in English, SpanishChinese

Click the arrows on the carousel below for more information and additional resources on district assessments by content area.