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 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. State assessments administered in SFUSD are : California Science Test, Smarter Balanced Assessments in Math in and English Language Arts, Physical Fitness Test, and English Language Proficiency Assessment of California.
English Language Development
English Language Proficiency Assessments for CA (ELPAC)
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
Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
Grades 5, 7 and 9
District Assessments in Reading and Math
Common district assessments are one of many tools used to monitor and support student progress.