Getting ready for SBAC

Students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 will soon begin taking the Smarter Balanced tests (SBAC), one of the main assessments used for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Ask your child’s school for their testing schedule.

These tests measure students’ ability to think critically, synthesize material from multiple sources, and analyze problems. They are aligned to our curriculum and standards, which prepare students for success beyond high school. They go beyond multiple-choice questions and ask students to explain their reasoning and use evidence in writing prompts and math tasks in order to demonstrate that they understand the content.

Results from the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments:
  • Provide students with experience in using technology, explaining their reasoning and applying classroom lessons
  • Give parents and guardians a sense of what areas their children excel in and which ones have room for growth
  • Serve as a tool to help parents, guardians and teachers work together to improve students’ learning
  • Help our schools and SFUSD identify strengths and areas that need improvement in our educational programs
  • Provide the public and policymakers with information about student achievement and progress
California also benefits by having the diversity of our student population included in the analysis of test and test question quality and in the development of achievement level scores.

If you have questions about your child’s participation, please contact your school site administrator.

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