Foothill MS CAASPP information memo

April 21, 2021

We are firmly in Spring which traditionally brings us to standardized testing season. There is a lot of information out in the media about what is expected of schools and districts so I wanted to clarify. MDUSD will be participating in the CAASPP assessments. These have been reduced from previous years but still contain the core elements: English Language Arts and Math, as well as Science for our 8th grade students.


Statewide summative assessments are required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to help provide consistent measures of student progress. These assessments are essential components of an equitable, valid, and balanced assessment system. They help provide actionable data for informing teaching and learning, as well as placement in programs and classes. All results will be publicly shared (with no student identifiable information) as well as your individual scores will be available in Aeries/Homelink.


Below I have shared essential information and processes for you to access what is needed. As well as the schedule we will follow the week of May 17 through May 21. These are necessary:


  • Your student needs to know their SSID (A Statewide Student Identifier (SSID) is a unique, non-personally-identifiable number linked to a given individual student within the California public K–12 educational system.) This number MUST be secure so it cannot be emailed to you but you will find how to access it below. (see below)
  • A computer (PC, Apple, or MDUSD Chromebook) with a camera. Students must be on camera when the teacher is monitoring the sessions.
  • A secure browser must be downloaded ahead of time. (see below)


When you read information on these assessments and it references session ID numbers or field, it will be provided by the teacher at the testing session.


If you have any questions please reach out to me.

Sincerely your Principal,

Mrs. Vaiana

Secure Browser for CAASPP

To support families in downloading the secure browser we will have a few options available. The first option is to watch the video that is available in both English and Spanish (created by CDE/ETS). There is a video for Windows and one for Macs.

Important information on Chromebooks

  • SECURE BROWSERS CAN'T BE DOWNLOADED ON NON-DISTRICT CHROMEBOOKS. If you are using a personal Chromebook your child will need to use another device in your household OR check out a Foothill MS Chromebook. This must be done by May 5, 2021. You will need to complete this form.

Updated version of Chrome

It is important that your device has Chrome version 85 or above. This can be checked at the start-up page or "alt-V".


If you have continually been using your device this update happens automatically.

How Students take CAASPP assessments at home

Click HERE for more information

Parents guide to understanding the summative assessment

The CAASPP System is designed to give information to teachers, students, & their families about what students know and are able to do and whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or career when they graduate from high school.

Schedule: May 17-21, 2021

Monday, May 17:
  • 8:30-11:00 CAASPP testing for all students with their Advisory teacher (normally Wednesday class).
  • 11:10-11:55 1st Period (distance learning)
  • 11:55-12:55 lunch and transition
  • 12:55-3:00 either Virtual Learning Support OR In Person Learning Support

Tuesday, May 18:

  • 8:30-10:05 CAASPP testing for all students with their Advisory teacher.
  • 10:05-10:15 Break
  • 10:20-11:05 2nd Period (distance learning)
  • 11:10-11:55 3rd Period (distance learning)
  • 11:55-12:55 lunch and transition
  • 12:55-3:00 either Virtual Learning Support OR In Person Learning Support

Wednesday, May 19:

  • 8:30-9:30 4th Period (distance learning)

Thursday, May 20:

  • 8:30-11:00 CAASPP testing for all students with their Advisory teacher.
  • 11:10-11:55 5th Period (distance learning)
  • 11:55-12:55 lunch and transition
  • 12:55-3:00 either Virtual Learning Support OR In Person Learning Support

Friday, May 21:

  • 8:30-10:05 CAASPP testing for all students with their Advisory teacher.
  • 10:05-10:15 Break
  • 10:20-11:05 6th Period (distance learning)
  • 11:10-11:55 7th Period (distance learning)
  • 11:55-12:55 lunch and transition
  • 12:55-3:00 either Virtual Learning Support OR In Person Learning Support