Resources for Parents

Student Assessments

California’s new assessment program — called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) — represents the next step in our state’s ambitious education remodeling project.

As of spring 2015, California schools replaced old tests with new assessments built to let parents and teachers know how well students are learning the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world. This year will be the second year of full implementation of the new assessments. Spring 2016 testing will take place mostly in April and May, depending on school district calendars.

Check out two fliers from California State PTA on what the assessment scores mean and what questions parents should ask:

  • Smarter Balanced Resources — This infographic from California State PTA and Children Now offers answers and resources on frequently asked assessment questions
  • Early Assessment Program — A flier from California State University, California Community Colleges and University of California outlines what the assessments mean for 11th-grade students

Download new parent guides from the California Department of Education and California State PTA:

Click here to find out more about the new assessments.

New Families’ Guide to Student Success

Find out what your child will be learning, at each grade level, in Mathematics and English Language Arts with the new Common Core State Standards. You’ll also learn more about how you can support your child’s learning and other helpful information.

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Working together, parents and teachers give kids their best chance to learn. The California Teachers Association and the California State PTA have joined forces to offer some tips for you that will give your children the best opportunity to succeed in school. Download the information – available in multiple language.