California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
English and Math
Students in grades 3-8 and 11 take the computer adaptive tests in English and math in the spring each year. This year the testing window is from March 20 to June 9, 2017. Please check with your school site for your child's particular testing window.
California Science Test (CAST)
new state standards for science 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, called the California Science Test (CAST), that emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning.
This year student's in grade 5, 8, and a state-assigned high school grade level (10, 11 or 12 according to your school), will participate in the tryout of test items for this
future assessment. While this tryout 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, please visit the CDE’s CAASPP
Science Assessment Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp. If your child is in a grade level participating in the CAST pilot, the testing window is the same as for the English and math tests, between March 20 and June 9, 2017. Your school will be able to tell you a more precise window.
Parents/guardians have the right to exempt their child from taking the CAASPP assessments. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's participation, please contact your school's principal.
CAASPP: The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
Department of Education (CDE) has ended the STAR (Standardized Testing and
Reporting) program and has replaced it with CAASPP (California Assessment of Student
Performance and Progress). STAR included the California Standards Tests (CSTs)
as the primary assessment of student learning, as well as the California Modified Assessments (CMAs) and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Special Education students. From now on, CAASPP will use the
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) online assessments, and the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for Special Education students. These are aligned to the Common Core State Standards in literacy and mathematics
and includes more rigorous content than the previous tests. Through CAASPP,
districts will be able to gain valuable information and monitor student
progress to ensure that all students master the new standards and are prepared
for college and career opportunities beyond high school.
The SBAC or CAA computer adaptive assessments are required for all
students in grades 3-8 and 11 in the areas of English language arts and mathematics. New for 2017 is the California Science Test (CAST) discussed in more detail above.
student reports will be sent home to families during the summer and will include an overall score
and a description of the student’s achievement level in English language arts, and mathematics. Science scores will not be reported for the pilot year of 2017.