San José Unified uses multiple sources of information to monitor student achievement and growth, including assessments, classroom work, grades, teacher evaluations, and other test results. We regularly collect information and analyze results to make data-informed, student-centered decisions.
Assessments are used for a variety of purposes, including placement in advanced math pathways in middle school and to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy. Students who opt out of the state assessment exams will limit access to these programs.
We encourage parents/guardians to review several data sources that provide access to publicly available data for California public schools.
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress program (CAASPP) is California’s academic testing program. Each spring, students may participate in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics (SBAC), the California Alternate Assessments (CAA), California Spanish Assessments (CSA), and the California Science Tests (CAST).
- SBAC: administered in grades 3-8 and 11
- CAST: administered in grades 5, 8, and 12
These assessments help school districts, the state, and the public monitor student progress under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Performance on these assessments is just one source of information about your student’s progress in school.
Parents/guardians have the right to exempt their child from taking the CAASPP assessments. To request that your student be exempted from one or more CAASPP assessments, please submit a written request to your student’s school specifying the assessments from which you want your student to be exempt. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s participation, please contact your principal.