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. For 2017-18, the testing window is from March 19 to June 8, 2017. Student score reports for the 2016-17 testing were mailed home over the summer. If the student score report has not been received by the start of the 2017-18 school year, parents may visit their school office for a copy. The district office does not have copies.California Science Test (CAST)
California’s 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 has developed a new assessment, called the California Science Test (CAST), which emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning. This year students in grade 5, 8, and 12 will participate in the CAST test.
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.Some of the information below was created for CAASPP testing in earlier years, but remains applicable for 2017.
CAASPP Score Reports
- Understanding your Student Score Reports, Video: English, Spanish
- More information on your student's California Alternate Assessment (CAA) scores); 2017 Videos: 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
- Sample 2017 Student Score Reports:
- Sample 2017 CAA Student Score Reports:
SBAC Info Video by Riverside Unified School District
CAASPP: The California Assessment of Student Performance and ProgressThe 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, 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.
Individual 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.
Useful links with more information about CAASPP:Universal Tools Available to Students During SBAC Testing (created by Palo Alto Unified School District)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)Additional useful information for students and parents:California State University EAP: Transition to New Assessments
California Department of Education CAASPP Web Page (Scroll down and click on the Students & Parents tab.)We are committed to keeping our parents informed about the new Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments.