California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the computer adaptive tests in English and math this spring. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will take the paper-based tests in science. If you would like more information regarding your school’s testing schedule, please contact your school’s main office.  Additional CAASPP Parent Information is available in English, Spanish and Chinese. (pdfs)




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FUSD's 2015 CAASPP Results Released - Information on new report

CAASPP The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

The California 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. From now on, CAASPP will use the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) online assessments. Smarter Balanced is aligned to the Common Core State Standards in literacy and mathematics and includes more rigorous content than the previous CSTs. 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.

In spring 2014, many Fremont Unified students participated in the field test of the Smarter Balanced assessments. This allowed staff and students a valuable experience to prepare for the technology requirements and academic content of the new system. In spring 2015, the Smarter Balanced computer adaptive assessments were required for all students in grades 3-8 and 11 in the areas of English language arts and mathematics. There was also a paper-based science test required for students in grades 5, 8, and 10, which was a part of the previous STAR program. We expect that in the future, the Science tests will also be converted to a computer-based system aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Individual student reports were sent home to families in September and included an overall score and a description of the student’s achievement level in English language arts, mathematics and science. It is important to note that these scores cannot be compared to scores that your child previously received on the CSTs in the STAR program tests because:

  • Smarter Balanced is based on the new Common Core State Standards
  • Smarter Balanced involves very different types of test questions at higher difficulty levels
  • Smarter Balanced results will not be reported using the former STAR program categories
  • This year is considered a baseline for the new assessment format and content.

Useful links with more information about CAASPP:

Testing dates will vary.  Please contact your school for specific dates.
 
 
Universal Tools Available to Students During SBAC Testing​ (created by Palo Alto Unified School District for 2015 testing, but still applicable for 2016)
 
Parent Guide to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments - Overview and Sample Questions:
 Grades 3, 4, and 5 (English)  Grados 3, 4, y 5 (Español)
 Grades 6, 7, and 8 (English)  Grados 6, 7, y 8 (Español)
 Grade 11 (English)  Grado 11 (Español)
 
 
Understanding your Student Score Reports:
 
 
Additional useful information for students and parents:
 
 
We are committed to keeping our parents informed about the new Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments.

Last Modified on March 11, 2016
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