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Coronado Unified School District

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State and Local Assessments

We assess, or test, our students for one main purpose: to guide our instruction based on their strengths and needs. Some assessments we are required to administer, and others we choose to administer. Some give us information before instruction begins to ensure the proper placement or eliminate skills already mastered, some give us information along the way, and others show us the end results of learning over a longer period of time. All assessments help us provide a more personalized education ploan for every child, every day in CUSD.

Local Assessments Required State Assessments

CAASPP:  The CAASPP System (California Assessment for Student Performance and Progress) is the state assessment system.  The assessments are summative, however all the data is used to inform instruction based on students’ strengths and needs.  There are several components to this system, however for core subjects, there are two main components to it (to date) including the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics, and the California Science Test (CAST) for Science. There are also other state assessments, including the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) and the Physical Fitness Test (PFT).  Additional information regarding these state assessments and historical assessment results can be found at: 

Local Assessments Local Assessments

Our school district uses several formative assessments to determine immediately a student’s skill level and needs.  Data from these resources are used to inform teachers into making sound instructional decisions during the school year.  They are called formative assessments as they inform.