The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, which has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR Program, is the new state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. This year, CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English language arts and mathematics as well as paper-based tests for science.
If you would like more information, please visit the CDE CAASPP Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/. If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact your child’s teacher or Heidi Novell, Assessment Technician, at (925) 606-3272.
Director of Curriculum and Special Projects
CAASPP Individual Score Reports
Over the spring, students throughout the district took the new computerized assessments known as the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exams. The assessments are new, computer-based tests that measure student knowledge of California’s English language arts and mathematics standards in grades 3-8 and 11. The assessment system provided students and teachers with a wider range of questions tailored to more accurately indentify the knowledge and critical-thinking skills individual students have mastered. This is the first year that scores will be reported in California schools for the new academic check-up, which seeks to help all students graduate from high school prepared for college-level coursework and a 21st century career.
The assessment system is new, therefore student score reports will also be new and look different. During the summer, parents and guardians will receive individual score reports in the mail. These reports will include detailed information about student performance in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.
The CAASPP tests in ELA and mathematics are too fundamentally different from the old exams to make any reliable comparisons between old scores and new. That’s why this year’s scores are better thought of as a starting point – a baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time.
Many, if not most students will need to make significant progress to reach the standards set for math and ELA that accompany college and career readiness. No student, parent, or teacher should be discouraged by scores, which will not be used to determine whether a student moves onto the next grade. Rather, the results will provide an opportunity to focus on the needs of students and support teachers and schools in their work.
A new report to help students succeed
Students will receive an overall score for each subject, ranging from 2,000 to 3,000. Overall scores will be reported within one of four levels: standard not met, standard nearly met, standard met and standard exceeded.
These new reports will also highlight students’ strengths in key areas for both ELA and mathematics. ELA results will include information about the students’ performance in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and research. Reports of mathematics results will include information about student’s performance in problem solving, using concepts and procedures, and in communicating mathematical reasoning. The student’s performance in these key areas for each subject will be reported using the following three indicators: below standard, at or near standard and above standard.
Still curious? Ask your child’s teacher, principal or visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca
|Grade||Subject(s) being Tested||Method of Testing||Testing Time
|3 - 5||English Language Arts/Literacy and Math||Online Testing||7 hours|
|6 - 8||English Language Arts/Literacy and Math||Online Testing||7.5 hours|
|11||English Language Arts/Literacy and Math||Online Testing||8.5 hours|
|5, 8 and 10||Science||Paper & Pencil
(CST, CMA or CAPA)
|3 - 8 and 11
IEP designated students
|English Language Arts/Literacy and Math||Field Test for Alternate Assessment
(CAPA replacement test)