Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment (SBAC) Test Information for Families


At the end of the last school year, your student took a computer-based test called the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment (SBAC). This year-end test is part of the California assessment system and is aligned with California’s academic standards, which are the things we want students to know and be able to do. The goal of the standards is to have students graduate ready for college and a career.

These tests in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics give educators across the state a way to see how well students can write clearly, think critically, and solve problems, which are some of the skills that are needed to succeed in college and a 21st century career.

Your student’s score report shows his or her scores for ELA and mathematics. It includes an overall score for each subject, and information about how well your student did in different skill areas. If your student took the test in past years, you will also see past scores so you can look at their progress over time.

If your student was in grade five, eight or twelve, he or she was also given a pilot of the new California Science Test (CAST) based on California’s Next Generation Science Standards. You will find information about the test in the back of the Student Score Report.

In our district, the test results are just one way to look at how well our students are doing. We use the results to find areas where students need help in the next school year. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please contact your child’s school.

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