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CAASPP Preparation 2022

May, 2022

Dear Parents,

Each year, MSD students in grades three through eight participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).  CAASPP is an assessment system intended to provide staff and parents information to monitor student progress.

This year, your child will take the following test(s), depending on their grade level:

• Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades three through eight  

• California Science Test (CAST) in grades five and eight

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the CAST are online tests that measure what your student knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support needed to be successful in school.

To learn more about  either the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment or the CAST, please go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding web page.

Another great resource is the Practice and Training Tests, which can be found on the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Practice Test web page. Here, parents and students can experience the kinds of questions students will encounter on the tests.

Listed below are the testing weeks for 3rd-5th grade at Rheem. Specific testing times will be determined by each grade level.  CAASPP tests are untimed, but based on the estimated testing times, students will be working on the test for 45 to 60 minutes a day during their assigned weeks.  Please avoid scheduling appointments during the weeks that are designated for your child’s grade level. 




English/Language Arts and Mathematics




May 2nd thru May 13th

(Make-ups the week of May 16-20)



May 2nd thru May 13th

(Make-ups the week of May 16-20)



May 2nd thru May 13th

(Make-ups the week of May 16-20)

Thursday, May 12


Following the spring 2022 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will include an overall score, and a description of the student’s achievement level for English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.   

Please contact me if you have questions regarding the CAASPP assessments or your child’s participation. 


Brian Sullivan