card header icon Testing in 2017-18 - California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

November 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This spring, students in grade eleven will participate in the administration of the Smarter Balanced assessments. The Smarter Balanced assessments are a part of California’s testing system called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These students will take tests online in English-language arts and Mathematics. In addition, the State requires students to take the online California Science Test (CAST) one time during their high school tenure.  This is a test aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and is to be given to students completinng their science courses.  This year all seniors will be assessed on the CAST field test.  Additionally, a small number of students with special needs will participate in the CA Alternate Assessments known as CAA on English-language arts, Math (11th grade) and Science (12th grade).

The CAASPP system is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know, are able to do, and whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or career when they graduate from high school. Results will help identify and address gaps in knowledge and skills so students get the support they need to be ready for success.

Following the spring 2018 testing, students will receive an individual score report which includes an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English-language arts and Mathematics, and a comparison to the prior year’s scores. These test results, combined with all of the other information you have about your student, will provide a sense of where your student is doing well and where he or she might benefit from some extra help. As the CAST is a field test this year, no scores will be reported until the assessment is fully operational in 2018-19.

Students will take the CAASPP tests during our district testing window from 4/2/18 to 5/25/18.  Specific dates for your student's school vary.  Please contact your school’s test site coordinator on the list below for the specific dates or check your school website.

To learn more about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your student can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at Additionally, informative guides and test score descriptions, as well as sample test items at different levels of difficulty, can be found on CDE’s Test Score Guide website at

If you would like additional information regarding CAASPP, please visit the Parent/Student portal of the CDE CAASPP Web page at

There are some great reasons for students participating in CAASPP testing including the Early Assessment Program, Golden State Seal Merit Diploma, State Seal of Biliteracy and the ties to financial aide (FAFSA)/scholarships! Please check out the EAP flier.

We highly encourage all of our students to participate.  This helps our teachers help students succeed.  That being said, parents have a right to exempt their student(s) from statewide assessments pursuant to CA Education Code Section 60615.  Should you wish to pursue this exemption, a written request must be received by your school’s test site coordinator prior to the date your school is administering the CAASPP test.  

Thank you for your continued interest in your student's education.


Brett McFadden, Superintendent


School Site Coordinators for Nevada Joint Union High School District

School: Site Coordinator  Phone Number Extension 
Bear River High School Polly Bauer  530-268-3700  ext. 4842 
Ghidotti High School  Kathy Stephensen  530-274-5270   
Nevada Union High School   Tammy Shurte  530-273-4431  ext. 2007 
North Point Academy  Jamie Danieli  530-477-1225  ext. 1 
NU Tech High School  Elaine Crenshaw  530-273-4431  ext. 2058 
Silver Springs High School   Karen Mead  530-272-2635 ext. 321

 For additional information, contact:

Suzi Rosas, District Testing & Accountability Coordinator

530-273-3351  ext. 217

Nevada Joint Union High School District

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card header iconCalifornia Accountability Model & School Dashboard

California’s new accountability and continuous improvement system provides information about how local educational agencies and schools are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population based on a concise set of measures.


California School Dashboard Report  
The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.

California Model Five-by-Five Grid Placement Reports
California's new accountability and continuous improvement system is based on a five-by-five colored table that produces 25 results using five colors. The reports display the schools' (by district) and student groups' placement on the five-by-five colored tables.


California has a new accountability system reported through the California School Dashboard (referred to as the "Dashboard" from this point forward). This new accountability system reports on multiple measures. The Dashboard replaces the former Academic Performance Index (API), which was based on testing results only, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The Parent Web page provides an overview of: (1) the accountability system, (2) the state priorities used to measure school performance, and (3) information on how to read the Dashboard reports.

For your convenience:

  • California School Dashboard Video  (Video; 5:25)
    This video provides an overview of California's new multiple measures accountability system. It describes the measures in the new Dashboard Report and how performance and improvement are used to determine the performance colors.
  • California School Dashboard Report 
    The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.

Purpose of the New Accountability System

The purpose of California's new accountability system is to report on district and school performance based on the state priorities. The state priorities define a quality education more broadly than a single test score. The new system reflects a clear expectation that all districts and schools can and should improve. Also, the new system focuses on closing the performance differences among student groups (e.g., race/ethnicity, socioeconomically disadvantaged, English learners [ELs]) performance.

Districts are held accountable for all of the state priority areas, while schools and student groups are held accountable for five of the state priority areas. For accountability purposes, districts include county offices of education (COEs), school districts, and charter schools. Charter school data are not included in their authorizing district's Dashboard report.

The Parent Engagement priority area requires districts to seek parent input in the decision making process for Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) through the use of parent advisory groups. For more information on how to participate in the LCAP process, please contact our district office at 530-273-3351, ext. 206.

In addition, districts are required to promote parent participation in the district's educational programs. Districts are also required to annually report their progress at a regularly scheduled local board meeting. To obtain information on how to get involved in the decision making process or educational programs contact our district office.

School climate is about students being motivated to learn and stay in school. In a healthy and positive school climate, all students experience equally supportive learning environments and opportunities that help them learn and thrive.

Find out more about Parent Engagement and School Climate in the Quick Reference Guide for California's New Accountability System (DOC).

card header iconAnnual Parent Notifications - What's New!

  • CA Healthy Kids Survey 2017-18 - Window is 10/24/17 - 12/15/17 for students and staff survey
  • CA Healthy Kids Survey for Parents 2017-18 - Window is from 10/24/17 - 4/1/18
  • pdf file: You need Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 7 or higher) to view this file. Download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for PC or Macintosh.

card header iconAdditional Testing Information and Links:

  • CAASPP Testing - Refer to parent resources and guides to learn more about the annual spring summative tests for Smarter Balanced Assessments in English-Language Arts, Math and Science as well as the CA Alternate Assessment (CAA) given to some students. 
  • Physical Fitness Testing - For 9th graders each year to determine physical fitness level.
  • CELDT and the new ELPAC Testing - Initial and annual testing for English Language Learners to determine English language proficiency and improvement. 
College Preparation Testing:
  • SAT or AP Test This link provides information for SAT or AP testing associated with College Board.
  • ACT Test This site provides information regarding the criteria and online registration to take the ACT test.
  • EAP Program - Early Assessment Program for CSU and participating junior colleges.
Other Tests: