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Updates on Spring Testing 2021
Posted 5/14/21

May 6, 2021


Dear Parent/Guardian,


Thank you for your continued support as we reopened all schools in LA Unified and adapted to accommodate the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to take this opportunity to provide you with an update regarding state standardized testing as well as local assessments. The California Department of Education (CDE) recently received approval for a federal waiver that allows districts flexibility in administering end-of-year English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments.


Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, which are part of the California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system, will not be administered this year in grades 3-8. Instead, the District has decided that for Spring 2021, students in grades 3-8 will take the currently planned District assessments, as provided in the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan.


End-of-Year Assessment



·   English Language Arts: DIBELS and Text Reading Online (TRO)

·   Mathematics: Edulastic Common Formative Assessments


(Middle School)

·   English Language Arts: Renaissance Star Reading

·   Mathematics: Renaissance Star Math


NOTE: DIBELS starts for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills and helps a teacher measure early reading foundational skills. Text Reading Online consists of two reading passages and comprehension questions. 


Students whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) indicates the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) will be administered the Unique Learning Systems Monthly Checkpoints (pre- and post-tests) and K-12 Student Learning Profile.


The assessments outlined in the table above will enable educators to continue to identify students’ strengths and areas for growth and support your child’s learning. Both of these options are part of the regular instructional program and can be conducted online or in person. 


Please let your teacher or administrator know if you have any questions. 




Richard Ramos