Before the pandemic, Upland Unified School District gave annual state assessments to students in grades 3-8 and 11th grades. These included new tests known as California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)/Smarter Balanced Assessments. These computer-adaptive tests replace the former paper-based Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests. The CAASPP/Smarter Balanced Assessments measure our students’ knowledge of Common Core State Standards, which are California’s new learning standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.
In UUSD, one of our core beliefs is to focus on the whole child. State tests are only one measure of a student’s success in school. Smarter Balanced Assessments provide one measure of our student knowledge and skills along with classroom tests, assignments, and grades. We encourage you to keep these tests in perspective of our overall goals for our students’ development.