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February 15, 2019 
Dear Del Amigo 11th Grade Parents/Guardians:

During the week of March 11th - March 15th11th grade students will take the annual state testing called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).


These tests were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. This document, along with its contents, will be posted and updated on our website.


For 11th grade students, the CAASPP tests are particularly important. Students’ 11th grade CAASPP achievement will be printed on their transcripts. In addition, it is important to know that California State University (CSU) and California Community Colleges (CCCs) use the 11th grade summative assessments in ELA and mathematics to identify students who are ready for college-level credit-bearing English and math courses.  Students who perform at Achievement Level 4 (“Standard Exceeded”) on the CAASPP examinations are exempt from taking the CSU and participating California Community College (CCC) placement tests, which allows the student to move directly into college-level courses upon enrollment. Students who perform at Achievement Level 3 will be encouraged to take appropriate courses in their senior year in order to move directly to college-level courses. Click for more information about this Early Assessment Program (EAP) or on the CSU EAP Web page.

We hope you will support us and your student(s) in this challenge. Our priority is to provide students with an environment that ensures that their performance reflects their ability and learning. Students will be provided with school-issued devices, and will test in the same location for each testing opportunity. Additionally, our PTSA is generously providing a light breakfast as students enter the testing environment. Our goal is to encourage all our juniors to take the test with fidelity. 

For all students, these test results help us understand what knowledge, skills, and processes students have mastered and which ones they may still need to learn. These scores can allow parents and teachers to monitor student progress each year and help students reach and achieve their highest academic potential. We use the results as one indicator of multiple measures for various student placement purposes. Collectively, the scores reflect on our students, schools, and district.

During the test, students will use earphones to listen to videos and audio items. They will be allowed to bring their own earbuds or earphones as they may be most comfortable using their own.

CAASPP Window:  
ELA: March 11th & 12th

Math: March 13th & 14th

Make-ups on Friday, March 15th


The CAASPP is untimed, therefore students can take as much time as needed to complete the assessment.


To learn about the types of questions on the tests, you can view and take the practice tests online. There is a practice test and a performance task for each of grades 3-8 and grade 11 in both ELA and math along with answer keys in the Scoring Guides.

Del Amigo will be holding practice tests in ELA and math on February 19th and 20th


If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Estes at

Thank you for all that you do for our students, staff, and community. 


Amy Oss 

Principal of Del Amigo High School