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Wilson C. Riles Middle School

Every Student Matters, Every Moment Counts

State Testing (SBAC)

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
Summative Assessments and California Science Test, 2017–18
Parent and Guardian Notification Letter
Dear Parent/Guardian:
Each spring, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).
This year, your child will take the following test(s), depending on his or her grade level:
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English language arts/literacy (grades seven and eight)
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in mathematics
(grades seven and eight)
The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are online tests that measure what your child knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support he or she needs to be successful in school.
California is in the process of implementing the California Next Generation Science Standards. As part of that implementation, students in grade eight will try out a new test called the California Science Test, or CAST, on April 26th.
To learn more about either the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page at

You can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which
can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal at

Riles will be testing on May 1st - May 4th.
Joyce Frisch