• Parent Resource Links and State Assessment Descriptions:

    CAASPP Starting Smarter WebsiteA resource developed by the California Department of Education to help families with their understanding of CAASPP testing. 

    CAASPP Resources For ParentsA single-page list of resources developed by the California Department of Education with information and resources for parents about the CAASPP state testing program.

    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) - CAASPP test results are used for student and school accountability purposes. The tests in the CAASPP Program are an important part of the state assessment system. These tests are administered each spring to measure how well students in California’s public schools are achieving the rigor and content of the California Standards. These achievement tests target English Language Arts and Mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven.  In addition, new tests in science are in development that will be given in selected grades. All students in assessed grades within California public schools participate in the CAASPP Program. This includes students with disabilities and English learners.  Currently, the CAASPP system is comprised of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Summative Assessments in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics, and the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) in English Language Arts and Mathematics, the California Science Test (CAST) along with a CAA for Science, and the California Spanish Assessments (CSA). Test scores are sent to parents with a written explanation and teachers are available to review student performance upon request.

    A parent or guardian may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of any CAASPP test provided pursuant to Education Code section 60615 for the school year. If a parent or guardian submits an exemption request after testing has begun, any test(s) completed before the request is submitted will be scored and the results reported to the parent or guardian and included in the pupil’s records. An LEA and its employees may discuss the CAASPP assessment system with parents and may inform parents of the availability of exemptions under Education Code section 60615. The school district and its employees shall not solicit or encourage any written exemption request on behalf of any child or group of children.  Note that exemption requests apply to CAASPP testing, and are not applicable to ELPAC or local assessments.  For more information on CAASPP testing, visit the California Department of Education's CAASPP System page at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/.

    ELPAC Starting Smarter WebsiteA resource developed by the California Department of Education to help families with their understanding of ELPAC testing.

    English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) - There are three fundamental purposes for the ELPAC test, which replaced the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) starting in the 2017-2018 school year. English language proficiency tests are specified in state law (see Education Code Section 60810 (d)(1-3)), and include as functions to 1) identify pupils as limited English proficient, 2) determine the level of English language proficiency (ELP) who are limited English proficient, and 3) assess the progress of limited English proficient students in acquiring the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. For more information, please see the California Department of Education's ELPAC page at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/.  Questions may also be directed to the PSUSD English Language Learner Department.

    Student Score Reports for both CAASPP and ELPAC results can be found within the district's Parent Portal application.  Parents should contact their child's school for information regarding access to the Parent Portal. 

    Physical Fitness Testing (PFT) - This program provides results that are used to monitor changes in the physical fitness of California students. By law (California Education Code Section 60800), all school districts in California are required to administer the PFT annually to all students in grades five, seven, and nine. The State Board of Education (SBE) designated FITNESSGRAM® as the PFT for students in California public schools. The FITNESSGRAM® is a comprehensive, health-related physical fitness battery developed by The Cooper Institute. The primary goal of FITNESSGRAM® is to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity. For more information, please see the California Department of Education's Understanding PFT page located at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf/overview.asp.

    Any questions regarding student participation in any or all sections of state assessments, including written requests for exemption (pursuant to Education Code 60615), should be directed to the School Site Assessment Coordinator.