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CAASPP Testing 3rd thru 5th Graders
Posted 4/7/19


California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
Summative Assessments and California Science Test, 2018–19

Parent and Guardian Notification Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Each year, students in grades three through fifth participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

This year, your child will take the following test(s), depending on their grade level:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven
  • California Science Test (CAST) in grades five and eight and once in high school

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the CAST are online tests that measure what your student knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support needed to be successful in school.

Green Valley Testing Window will begin April 17th thru May 10th allowing for Make-up session and giving plenty of time to all our students.

You are an important part of your child’s education. To help your child get ready for the test you can:

  • Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.
  • Tell your child that you and their teacher have high expectations and are both there to help, every step of the way.
  • Take a practice test with your child.
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.

To learn more about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page at

You also can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal at

If you have questions, please contact please reach out to your child’s teacher, the office ladies or Celia Hensger @

The CCCs identify priorities in each content area to guide the instruction for students in this population and for the alternate assessment.



Donna Grim