2021 SBAC Update

April 21, 2021

Each year in the Spring, districts are charged with administering the Smarter Balanced California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) to students in grades 3–8 and 11. On March 16, 2021, the California State Board of Education (SBE) took action to move forward with the administration of the CAASPP for the 2020-21 year but with great sensitivity to the additional stress that annual assessments can place on teachers and students, understanding that some districts will not be able to administer the CAASPP because of the pandemic.

In regard to this sensitivity, San Marcos Unified School District will be using our local i-Ready Diagnostic to provide data for year-end testing and reporting. For this school year, SMUSD has determined the i-Ready Diagnostic may be more appropriate than a summative assessment such as the SBAC. 

San Marcos Unified School District will administer the i-Ready English Language Arts and Mathematics Diagnostic Assessments in lieu of the CAASPP assessment for the 2020-21 school year. Below are the testing windows by grade level:

Grades 3-5: May 4-28
Grades 6-8: May 11- 21
Grades 9-12: May 25-26

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