Grade 11: The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBAC tests) are part of the state testing system called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP. Students in 3rd - 8th and 11th grade throughout California take SBAC tests for Math and English Language Arts. The CAASPP System gives information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and can do. This information is just one piece in understanding a student’s readiness for college and career.


    To be eligible for the state Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diploma, students must demonstrate profiency in English and a second language. Earning a proficient or advanced level on the English SBAC exam, which is only taken once at the end of students' junior year, is the first step to demonstrating proficiency for the Seal of Biliteracy. Students' SBAC test results also help students demonstrate readiness for college-level work and avoid placement tests and additional support classes for California State Universities (CSUs) and participating community college. Students' SBAC test results can also be used to qualify candidates for English Learner reclassification and/or GATE identification, and report on the school's progress on the California Dashboard.


    Grade 11: The California Science Test or CAST is also part of the statewide assessment system called CAASPP. Students across California take this test in 5th and 8th grades, and one time in high school. In SAUSD, students in grade 11 will take the CAST this year. The CAST assesses the student’s ability to think critically and solve problems. This assessment uses questions that bring together science content, practices, and concepts. It also covers more than one science domain, such as Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Earth and Space Sciences.