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There are many ways to measure your child’s learning. Your child’s teacher uses classroom work, teacher observations, district assessments, and end-of-year statewide test results to gain a complete picture of your child’s learning.
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)


CAASPP Score Reports

Results for SBAC English Language Arts (ELA) and Math; California Science Test (CAST) and the California Alternative Assessment (CAA) are available to view in Aeries. 

The View Student Test Scores Video demonstrates how to access the score reports from Aeries.

Students receive an overall score for ELA, Math, and Science(5th, 8th, and 11th grades only).  This is not a norm-referenced score. CAASPP tests are given statewide and measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards in the same way, and the results provide information schools can use to improve teaching and learning.

Scores range from 2,000 – 3,000. They are divided into 4 levels (Achievement Level Descriptors/ ALDs)

-Standard Not Met
-Standard Nearly Met
-Standard Met
-Standard Exceeded

Results should serve as a starting point and can help guide parents, teachers, and schools in adjusting instruction to meet student needs. These scores are one gauge of student progress to be used with multiple sources of information to aid discussions and decisions about students’ educational goals.

Resources for families:

Each year, students participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Your child will take the following tests, depending on their grade level or instructional program:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts and math, required tests in grades 3–8 and 11.

  • California Science Test (CAST), a required test in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school. MBUSD administers the CAST in grade 11.

  • California Alternative Assessment (CAA) Grades 3rd-8th, and 11th for both ELA and Math. CAA Science 5th, 8th, and 11th.  CAA is for eligible students with an active IEP.

You are an important part of your child’s education. To make sure your child feels comfortable taking tests, you can:

  • Remind your child that you and their teacher want them to try their best and are there to help, every step of the way.

  • Explore the practice tests with your child at so they can become familiar with the platform and setup of the tests.

To learn more about these tests go to the Starting Smarter web page at, or review the Parent Guides to Understanding at