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Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment / California Science Test

YLHS Parents and Guardians,


As in previous years, this coming spring all students in grade 11 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math.  The California Science Test (CAST), will also be administered to all students in grades 11.  The material assessed is based on the California State Content Standard (CCSS) and the information gathered help ensure continued improvement among our schools by addressing the needs of all students.


The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, consist of two sections: a computer adaptive test and a performance task (PT).  This year, student results will be available electronically via your secure AERIES parent portal, allowing you to view current and previous results. The testing dates at Yorba Linda High School are as follows:


  • 11th grade Smarter Balance Assessment  –  TBD


  •  11th grade California Science Test – TBD


YLHS is home to outstanding students, teachers, parents, and programs and we encourage full participation in the Smarter Balanced Assessment to ensure our students and our school earn the recognition they deserve. YLHS utilizes SBA data for placement in appropriate instructional programs such as Honors, and Advanced Placement.  In addition, results are used for statewide recognition programs. SBA English Language Arts and Math achievement scores are integral to the criteria for awarding students the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma and Seal of Biliteracy.


Ultimately, for 11th grade students, California State Universities and Community Colleges use SBA results to determine college readiness. 11th grade results provide essential information for proper Language Arts and Math placement. If needed, 12th grade students can receive assistance within their school day by taking a CSU designed course called ERWC to fine tune writing skills for college.


To learn more about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding webpage at

You can also view sample test questions on the practice test, which can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal at For future updates and additional information, please check the website.


We thank you for investing in your students’ education and for your ongoing support of our school.


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