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CA State Assessments

Dear 3rd – 5th Grade Tulita Parents:

Tulita Elementary will begin state testing during the third week of May and the first week of June. Please refer to the testing calendar for the breakdown of the weeks. We ask that parents honor undisturbed classroom time between the hours of 8:15 and 11:0 a.m. to help with a quiet environment for testing.

We also ask your help in the following ways:
  • Please ensure that your child comes to school each day with a fully charged Chromebook.
  • If you child has headphones at home, please have him/her bring them for testing.
  • If you child has an external mouse they would like to use, please have them bring it for ease with manipulating many of the built in test functions without the use of a trackpad.
  • Please ensure that your child gets a good night’s rest and has a healthy breakfast in the morning.
  • Please ensure on time arrival and excellent attendance throughout these next few weeks.
  • Please refrain from making medical appointments during this time which will require you to pull your child out of school anytime between the hours of 8:15 am through 11:00 am.
  • If a student arrives tardy to school, he/she will be held in the front office or sent to another classroom so that they do not disturb the testing environment once a class begins.
  • Students who are absent and/or tardy on testing days will need to test on make-up days that will be scheduled with the classroom teacher.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests and performance tasks in English–language arts and mathematics as well as paper-based tests for science for our 5th grade students.

To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at

Following the spring 2018 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent home to parents and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English–language arts and mathematics, and other information.

If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP Web page at If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact his/her teacher.
Thank you for your support and help with ensuring a smooth testing window for Tulita!

Dr. Bruna


Please click here to watch a short video created by the California Department of Education explaining the student CAASPP report.

The CAASPP System is intended to provide parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning. Because the Smarter Balanced Assessments, which are administered as part of the CAASPP System, are computer adaptive, these Assessments will also provide better information about the needs and successes of individual students.
Click here to find out more.

CAASPP - California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
SBAC - Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
CST - California Standardized Test (5th Grade Science Exam)
CAT - Computer Adaptive Test
PT - Performance Task
CCSS - Common Core State Standards


Click here to see the student interface and practice test items.

Parents play a key role in helping students succeed in school and do well, whether it’s encouraging a kindergartener in learning to read, or helping a college-bound high school student prepare for the SATs.
Here are some tips to support your student:
Weeks prior to test date:
Have your child in school on time, every day, and make sure homework is completed. The more time spent learning, the greater the likelihood that your child will master skills and concepts.
Meet with your child’s teacher(s) to discuss what you can do at home to help with specific learning goals.
Find out what tests and assessments are used to evaluate his/her progress.
Take advantage of parent workshops offered at school.
Week Of:
Be encouraging – let your child know you think he/she will do well on the test.
Avoid difficult family issues before the test to prevent unnecessary anxiety.
Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep the night prior. On assessment days, have him/her wake up early, eat a nutritious breakfast and wear comfortable clothing.
Commend your child for doing his/her best!
Talk about what was learned on the test and how to improve performance the next time.
When you receive results, don’t compare performance with siblings or friends.
This document describes how new tests based on the Common Core State Standards can help prepare students to graduate high school ready for college and the workplace.