Assessment & Accountability

  • Assessment is an important component of what teachers do on a daily basis in their classrooms.  Teachers use both informal and formal, periodic assessments in the core academic areas to glean a clear, data-based understanding of what children know and what needs to be re-taught or extended.  Aligned with CA State Standards and instruction, the primary use of assessment is for teachers to determine the academic needs of their students and to assist them in designing instruction that will meet those needs.  

    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP) 

    Cambrian School District, like all school districts across the state of California, participates in the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP) testing program.  
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    • The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) will give parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning.  Because these assessments are computer adaptive, they will also provide better information about the needs and successes of individual students.
    • Understand the Individual Student Report - Approximately 5 minutes in length, this video is an excellent resource for parents and students to help better understand the Student Score Report, which details the student's standardized testing results.
    • Sample CAASPP Student Score Reports and Guides to the Reports - Sample 2017–18 CAASPP Student Score Reports and Guides to Understanding the Student Score Reports are now available on the CAASPP Portal Student Score Report web page. These documents are available in English and Spanish for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, California Alternate Assessments, and Standards-based Tests in Spanish. Additional translated versions are forthcoming and will be posted on the same web page when they become available.


    English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC)

    The ELPAC is the test that is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English when it is not their primary language. The ELPAC takes place of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Information from the ELPAC helps teachers and administrators provide support in the appropriate areas of students' English language development.  

    For more information about the ELPAC, please go to the following CDE website: English Language Proficiency Assessment for California


    Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)

    Physical Fitness is assessed in grades 5, 7 and 9 each school year in accordance with State mandates.  The Physical Fitness Test designated for California public students is the FITNESS GRAM, developed by The Cooper Institute. A number of test options are provided so that most students can participate.