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Spring Testing Overview & Resources (Grades 3 - 5)

Spring Testing Overview - California 3rd - 5th grade students will once again be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in the Spring. CAASPP is the State’s academic testing program and includes the computer-adaptive Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA), California Alternate Assessment (CAA), and the new California Science Test (CAST). It is a system intended to 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. Palisades 3rd - 5th grade students will take the SBA or CAA. In addition, 5th grade students will take the CAST. Palisades teachers have been preparing students for these assessments throughout the year by implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in their curriculum. Students in grades 3-5 have also been given an opportunity to practice these tests at school. The administration of the actual tests take place in late April and early May. Teachers will provide exact testing dates to parents/guardians in the near future. Parents/guardians can help by making sure their child has a good night’s sleep before each testing day, and a healthy breakfast the morning of each assessment.


Spring Testing Parent Resources - Click here if you would like to provide additional opportunities for your 3rd - 5th grade child to practice the CAASPP tests prior to the actual administration. Click on “Student Interface Practice” and “Training Tests.” Click here for test resources from the California Department of Education, click here for test resources from the California PTA, and click here for test resources from CUSD. Results from CAASPP testing this Spring will be available next Fall, except for CAST. The 2016-17 administration of CAST is considered a pilot and results will not be available. Results from the other CAASPP assessments will be mailed home and available through the Aeries Parent Portal. The Palisades staff is available to support parents, guardians, and students. Joyce Toledo, our School Counselor, is also available to help alleviate any testing anxiety students may experience. Her e-mail is Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Palisades staff if you have any questions or concerns.


Posted by: Curt Visca Published:3/13/17
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