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 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.
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.
Grade 3-8 students will take the Reading Inventory October 8 - November 5 and February 1- February 26.
High School students will take the Reading Inventory September 14 - October 9 and January 5 - January 29.
More information regarding Reading Inventory administration at home is coming soon.
As part of the Math Core Curriculum, all students in Kindergarten through Algebra II/Pre-Calculus participate in the Math Milestone Tasks during the 2020-21 school year. These are constructed response tasks in which students solve a series of math problems, showing their work and explaining their answer.
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:
English Language Arts and Mathematics
Smarter Balanced Assessment / California Alternative Assessment
Grades 3-8; 11
English Language Development
English Language Proficiency Assessments for CA (ELPAC)