Assessments

The Curriculum Department of Central Union School District is responsible for all state and district mandated assessments. This includes the distribution, training, administration, collection, and security of the following assessments:

In addition the department coordinates the training of teachers and administrators, prepares assessment materials, and facilitates the transfer of assessment information between district and the state. The department further provides assistance to the schools with analysis and interpretation of the results from the various assessments administered district wide. Assessment results provide crucial information to strengthen decision-making for administrators and staff. Therefore, the assessment results enable staff to make sound curricular decisions for the educational growth of all students.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

Signed into law in October 2013, Assembly Bill 484 established the CAASP assessment system. This system has replaced the former STAR Program. The CAASPP assessment system encompasses the following required assessments:

  • Smarter Balanced (SBAC)

    System of assessments for mathematics and English-language arts aligned with Common Core. These assessments are designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness. These assessments are computer adaptive and Designated Supports are provided as appropriate for individual students. Children with disabilities who have an individualized education plan (IEP) or 504 have Designated Supports and/or Accommodations to provide additional access.

  • California Science Tests (CAST)

    California Standards-based test for Science in grades five, eight, and ten.

California public school students beginning in grade three take part in the state’s standardized assessments. These assessments include a variety of approaches and item types that model and promote high-quality teaching and student learning and set a course to ensure that all California students are well prepared to enter college and careers in today’s competitive global economy.

Understanding the CAASPP Individual Student Report


CAASPP Student Score Report Guides are short documents that describe each part of the student score reports. They currently are available in English, with translations coming soon in ten different languages. The CAASPP Student Score Report Guide for the Standards-based Tests in Spanish for Reading/Language Arts in grades two through eleven is now available in English and Spanish.

CAASPP Key Messages addresses some key concepts of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System.

District Assessments

Central Union School District is piloting assessments in ELA and Math. These assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and provide students with the same format of test questions that they will experience on the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Assessment. District Interim Assessments allow students to be aware of areas in which they will continue to learn and enable teachers to monitor growth in students as they master the state standards.

Schedule for ELPAC Assessment

Central Union School Districts administers the Initial English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) for initial identification to all enrolling students who have a primary language other than English listed on their Home Language Survey (HLS) When enrolling in a California School for the first time. Once identified, the Summative ELPAC is administered annually to English learners until they are reclassified as fluent English proficient (RFEP).

The testing window for the administration of the Summative ELPAC is February through May. The Initial ELPAC is administered throughout the year as new students are enrolled for initial identification.

The purpose of the ELPAC assessment is to identify students who are Limited English Proficient; determine the level of English-language Proficiency of students who are Limited English Proficient; and to assess the progress of Limited-English-Proficient students in acquiring the skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing in English.

ELPAC Overview Video
ELPAC Overview Video: English (Video; 16:06)
ELPAC Overview Video: Spanish (Video; 18:28)

ELPAC Summative Student Score Report Video
ELPAC Summative Student Score Report Video: English (Video; 6:58)
ELPAC Summative Student Score Report Video: Spanish (Video; 8:42)

Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents Video
Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents Video: English Video; 5:51)
Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents Video: Spanish Video; 7:08)

Physical Fitness Testing

Each spring, (February - April) Central Union School District is required to administer the state-designated Physical Fitness Test (PFT) to all students in grades five and seven.

The FITNESSGRAM is the selected Physical Fitness Test (PFT) for students in California public schools. The FITNESSGRAM is a battery of comprehensive, health-related physical fitness assessments.

The FITNESSGRAM consists of six fitness areas:

  • Aerobic Capacity
  • Body Composition
  • Abdominal Strength and Endurance
  • Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
  • Upper Body Strength and Endurance Flexibility