California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
Students in grades 3-8 and 11 took the computer adaptive tests in English and math in Spring 2016. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 also took the paper-based tests in science.
The majority of student score reports were mailed in July, followed by a small percentage later this summer. This is randomly scheduled by the state; FUSD does not receive advance copies or knowledge of which reports might be included in each shipment. If you have not received your child's score report by the start of the 2016-17 school year, you may visit your school office for a copy. The district office does not have copies. If you have questions about your child's score, please contact your school when it re-opens in August.
NOTE: Student Score Reports for the California
Alternate Assessments (CAAs) in grades 3-8 and 11, and/or the California
Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science in grades 5, 8, and 10,
will be printed and distributed in the fall of 2016 following approval of the threshold scores for
the CAAs that allow assignment of performance levels.
- Understanding your Student Score Reports, 2015-2016 Video: English, Spanish
- Parent communication letter which accompanied the Student Score Reports mailed home to families: English, Spanish, Chinese
- California Department of Education (CDE) web page about CAASPP
All of the information below was created for 2015 testing, but remains applicable for 2016.
SBAC Info Video by Riverside Unified School District
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. 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).
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, mathematics, and science if applicable.
Useful links with more information about CAASPP:
Parent Guide to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments - Overview and Sample Questions :
Parent information regarding Student Score Reports:
Additional useful information for students and parents:
committed to keeping our parents informed about the new Common Core State
Standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments.