The CDE has released three Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. The guides provide sample test items in ELA/literacy and mathematics and explain how student achievement is reported to parents. These guides are grade-span specific, focusing on the concepts and skills to be mastered by students in Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 11. Below is a link to the three grade-span guides.
The California State University (CSU) and participating California Community Colleges (CCCs) will use the ELA and mathematics assessments of the CAASPP System to determine your child’s 2017 EAP status, which will provide an indicator of his/her predicted readiness to take college-level English and mathematics courses when your child begins college.
The CAASPP overall score and achievement level for ELA and mathematics shown on the front of your child’s report can
be used to provide an early indicator of his/her readiness for college-level coursework, as described below:
Standard Exceeded: Ready for English and/or mathematics college-level coursework.
Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for English and/or mathematics college-level coursework. Students earning a status of Conditionally Ready (Standard Met) can be exempt from the CSU's placement test and the Early Start Program by taking an approved senior year course and earning a grade of C or better.
Standard Nearly Met: Not yet demonstrating readiness for English and/or mathematics college-level coursework.
Standard Not Met: Not demonstrating readiness for English and/or mathematics college-level coursework.
Your child should visit the CSU Success Web page at http://CSUSuccess.org/ for information and steps to take in twelfth grade to be ready for college.
This site provides examples of test questions on Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.