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Annual CAASPP Testing Notification


Dear Parent or Guardian,

This Spring, our students will be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). CAASPP is the State’s academic testing program and includes the computer-adaptive Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), California Alternate Assessment (CAA), and the new California Science Test (CAST). The CAA is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities while ensuring they still attain increasingly higher achievement levels and leave high school ready for academic or career options. These assessments provide information that can be used to monitor student progress on an annual basis and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career.

Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the SBA or CAA. Additionally, students in grade 5, 8, and 12 will take the CAST. Our school is still finalizing the specific testing window and will provide those dates as soon as they have been determined.


Should you wish to provide opportunities for your child to practice these tests prior to the actual administration they can be found at this link: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html by clicking on Student Interface Practice and Training Tests. Additional resources for parents are available through the California Department of Education (http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/), the California PTA (http://capta.org/focus-areas/education/student-assessments/), and Capistrano USD (http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/CAASPPforParents).

This year, in addition to receiving results in English Language Arts and Mathematics, students in grades 5, 8, and 12 may also receive results in Science. CAST is in its second year of administration and is considered a field test. This means that while some form of scores will be provided, students, parents, and educators should exercise caution when interpreting these results. School and District staff will use the CAST results appropriately based on guidance from the State. As always, State testing results are only one indicator of student performance as the District routinely uses other data points to guide instruction throughout the year. All results will be mailed home and made available through Aeries Parent Portal in Fall 2018.

Staff is here to support parents and students. Counselors are available to alleviate testing anxiety students may experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Guidance Office with any questions or concerns.


Deni Christensen

Principal – Aliso Niguel High School

Posted by: Deni Christensen Published:2/15/18
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