Principal's Message

Principal's Message

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Dear Parents/Guardians:


California’s academic standards—the things we want students to know and be able to do—are designed so students graduate ready for college and a career. One way we measure their progress is through the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Each spring, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in these assessments.


This year, your child will take the following tests:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English language arts/literacy (ELA)
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in mathematics
  • The California Science Test (CAST) Field Test (5th Grade Only)

These tests, created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and science (for 5th grade), measure the skills called for by state academic standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems.

Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards.


Smarter Balanced Assessments

The Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics tests reflect California’s rigorous academic standards and allow students to demonstrate analytical writing and critical thinking skills as well as their knowledge of facts. Given online, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing more precise measurement of individual skills. In 2018, parents will be able to compare results across three years (2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017-18) to determine their child’s progress in meeting the standards. (Exceptions: Only two years of data will be reported for students in Grade 4, and only one year of data will be reported for students in Grade 3.)


California Science Test (CAST) Field Test

California’s Next Generation Science Standards call for students to think and work like scientists and engineers—asking questions and learning through hands-on investigation and discovery. Working with science teachers, California is developing a new assessment that emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning. This year, fifth graders will participate in the CAST Field Test. While this Field Test will not provide scores for your child, it is an important first step in developing an assessment that will fairly and accurately measure how students are achieving on the new science standards. For additional information about the new science tests and sample questions, please visit the California Department of Education’s CAASPP Science Assessment Web page at


To learn more about either the Smarter Balanced Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web site at or the Test Score Guide Web site at:, which provides informative guides and test score descriptions as well as sample test items at different levels of difficulty.

You can also access Practice and Training Tests, which from the California Department of Education’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at Here, parents can experience the kinds of questions that students will encounter on the tests.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation in statewide assessments, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 858-794-3600 or by email at


LCAP Input Survey

We value your input!  At this time we are collecting input on our 2018 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) which helps drive our goals and actions.  Please click here to access the survey and learn more about Solana Beach School District's LCAP.  The survey is open from April 16 to May 11, 2018.  You may also access the survey under the 'Quick Links' below.




Lisa Denham, Principal

Skyline School


Don’t forget to mark these important dates on your calendar:


International Festival at Solana Vista . . . Friday, April 26

Dad's Club Pancake Breakfast . . . . . . . . Friday, April 27