Understanding Test Scores
This fall, families in San Bernardino City Unified Schools will receive the first individual
score reports for their students under the state’s new Common Core-aligned testing system.
This is the next step in a larger, comprehensive remodeling of the state’s educational system.
Families, students, and community members may have many questions about how to read the
new score reports and what the results mean.
This page is intended to provide answers to common questions, additional resources, and an
opportunity for you to submit questions.
Here is a tip sheet to help you understand the way the new scores are different from the old scores.
Watch the short video (below) for an overview of the new score reports:
New Score Reports (English)
Video en español
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When will results from spring testing be released?
SBCUSD will mail individual student score reports to families once the District receives them
from the state. We estimate score reports will reach households by the end of October. School
administrators and teachers will have access to both individual and schoolwide results, and
will be prepared to discuss reports with you after they arrive at your home.
How will the test results be used?
These test results are just one tool teachers and families can use to better understand
how well your student is performing in school. The scores are simply one gauge on the dashboard
that you and your child’s teacher can use to discuss how far your student has progressed in
mastering the new standards. Other school tests, for example, and classroom assignments provide
equally important information. Additionally, these results will not be used to determine if a student
moves on to the next grade.
How can parents and guardians help support learning at home?
A great way to start is by talking to your teacher and school about how you can work together
to promote ongoing learning under the new standards. For additional tips on how you can
reinforce learning at home, take a moment to review these resources from the National PTA,
You can talk to your child’s teachers or other school leaders about how the Common Core
standards are being taught in the classroom, and where to find study guides and other tools
to provide extra help at home. Talk to your child about what they’re learning in school,
where they feel they are doing well and where they feel they need more help. For tips, click here.
There are many online resources to help you provide the extra support your child needs
to tackle their challenges in school. This website has learning tools for each subject,
broken down by grade level. You’ll find information on how to make the most of the
new school year here.
The California Department of Education has created comprehensive parent guides that contain sample test questions and other helpful resources to support learning at home. They are grouped into grade levels:
How will results be used by colleges and universities?
For 11th-grade students, results are used for the Early Assessment Program (EAP),
which is used by the California State University (CSU) system and some community
colleges to determine whether a student is ready for college-level English and math
courses. Student scores are also used to exempt students from some placement tests.
At this time, no public higher education system in California uses the EAP results for admission.
For more infomation, visit https://www.calstate.edu/eap/ or www.cccco.edu/eap
Here is a flyer explaining how different colleges are using the assessments.
IMPORTANT: Currently (October 2015), no public higher education system in California uses the
EAP results for admission.