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21st Century Learning

Aiming Higher

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San José Unified School District (SJUSD) students and all California children now show their knowledge of what they’re mastering in the classroom by participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s Summative Assessment (S-BAC) in English language arts and mathematics. These assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and results from this spring’s administration will not be compared to results from previous assessments.

Click here to learn more about SBAC, the assessment California uses now to test student knowledge

  • This spring, San José Unified students in grades 3-8 and 11 participated in the SBAC, completing over 67,000 individual tests in mathematics and English Language Arts.

  • Student participation in the SBAC assessments represents strong partnerships across the school district’s 42 schools sites with collaboration between site test coordinators, site technology support staff, district network staff, the district’s assessment coordinator, and senior leadership. This team of more than 100 San José Unified staff ensured that teachers and students were prepared for the online SBAC administration this past spring.

  • Thousands of Macs, Chromebooks, and iPads were used in conjunction with our updated wireless system to ensure that testing was successful for all students and staff.

  • The results of these assessments assist teachers, staff, and families in understanding student mastery of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and directly support the district’s focus on delivering high quality academics to all SJUSD students.

As a district, San Jose Unified School District uses these results to improve and refine internally developed assessments, inform the school district’s Key Performance Measures (KPMs) and support cross-divisional work that supports teacher reflection and growth in providing rigorous instruction.

What Information is Available to Families?

Watch this video as the California Department
of Education explains the Student Score Report
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
Sample Student Score Report (PDF)


Common Core

Common Core State Standards

K-8 California’s Common Core Standards Parent Handbook.pdf

Grade Level Expectations and your Parent Guide from the PTA




The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.
The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that students need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare students for college and the workforce.

These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;

  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;

  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;

  • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and

  • Are evidence-based.


Three-Minute Video Explaining
the Common Core State Standards