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Students in Pleasant Grove School participate in several statewide testing programs. These tests provide parents/guardians, teachers, and school staff with information about how well students are learning.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

The Smarter Balanced computer adaptive assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests are administered in grades three through eight to measure whether students are on track to college and career readiness. The computer-based CAST measures students’ achievement of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) through the application of their knowledge and skills of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts. The CAST is administered to all students in grades five and eight. Students will take the following state tests in April-May.

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English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
The ELPAC are tests used to measure how well students understand English when it is not the language they speak at home. English learners will take the following state test between February 1 and May 31 each year.
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*Students’ voices will be recorded for the speaking domain of the test. A small percentage of student responses will be used to validate the accuracy of scoring and will not be used for identification. All recorded responses will be destroyed after the scores are validated
Physical Fitness Test
The physical fitness test for students in California schools is the FitnessGram®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting lifelong habits of regular physical activity. Students in grades five and seven take the fitness test.

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CAASPP Resources for Parents

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Results
Student Score Reports will be available to parents online through the PGJUSD Illuminate Parent Portal.  Having Student Score Reports available online will be:
Convenient - Now families will be able to securely access current and historical electronic Student Score Reports by smartphone, tablet or computer through the PGJUSD Illuminate Parent Portal. How to Find the CAASPP Score Report in Illuminate.
Prompt - Families will have earlier access to their child's electronic Student Score Report.
Efficient - Costs associated with mailing, such as postage and staff time will be greatly reduced or eliminated.  We will continue to provide paper copies as requested.
Questions? Click to see answers to frequently asked questions.
Parent Resources
  • Visit the new Starting Smarter test score website here to:
    • Understand your child's score report
    • Check out sample test questions
    • Find free resources to support your child's learning
  • CAASPP Student Reports
  • The Parent Guide to Understanding are two-page flyers written in easy-to-understand language that answer key questions (what, why, who, how, and when) about California's assessment programs.  Information is also included about how parents can support their student's success.