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Student Assessment and Testing

Smarter Balanced Assessments - A New Interactive Way to Assess Students

In Fall of 2015, the overwhelming majority of SMUHSD 11th graders exceeded the success rate in Smarter Balanced Assessment for the State of California! In English Language Arts/Literacy, approximately 75 percent of our students met or exceeded state standards. In math, more than half of our 11th graders met or exceeded state standards. These success rates were much higher than scores reported statewide. The Smarter Balanced Assessment, a first-of-its-kind test, is different than the State's former STAR testing program that was more of a traditional multiple choice test. The new Smarter Balance test is an interactive computerized test which poses questions based on student responses. Learn more.

Testing for New Freshman Class of 2017-2018

iStock 000025784794 Large.jpgEighth grade students who plan to attend school in the SMUHSD would meet with guidance staff to choose classes for their ninth grade year at Aragon, Burlingame, Capuchino, Hillsdale, Mills or San Mateo high schools. The SMUHSD has adopted the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) and the Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) as placement tests. Guidance staff will use these results along with transcripts and results from the 7th grade California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) to help advise parents and students regarding course choices. All incoming eighth-graders must be testedLearn the details. 


These one-page guides, which help parents and guardians understand their child’s CAASPP Student Score Reports, have been translated into Armenian (Eastern), Chinese (simplified and traditional), Hmong, Korean, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, and Vietnamese. They are available on the California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports Web page. Spanish translations will be available soon.