California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

CAASPP Quick Links

Test Site Coordinator Quick Links for CAASPP
 
 
 
2016-17 CAASPP Planned System Downtime
 

CAASPP Key Messages

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP): An indicator of progress toward career and college readiness
California’s new academic standards – the things we want students to know and be able to do – are designed so students graduate ready for college and a career. One way we measure their progress is through computer-based assessments, which students in grades 3-8 and 11 take each spring. These tests were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in mathematics and English language arts/literacy as they develop – grade by grade – the skills called for by the standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically and solve problems. Teachers, business leaders and public colleges and universities all support these long-term learning goals, because they reflect what students need to be prepared for the career and college experiences that await them.

Three million students, one common yardstick
Every school is different, and each takes its own approach to teaching, learning and assessing student progress. Results of any test should be considered along with other measures of learning, and in consultation with a student’s teachers. Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards in the same way, and the results provide information schools can use to improve teaching and learning. Given on-line, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing more precise measurement of individual skills. Parents receive a written report of their child’s scores, and can compare progress from one year to the next.

California's testing system makes improving instruction a priority
No single assessment can provide teachers with all the feedback they need to tailor instruction to meet the needs of their students. California also provides optional interim tests and a digital library of resources for educators to use and monitor student progress throughout the year. And because the questions students answer during these tests require them to demonstrate the abilities they will need to do well in college and the workplace, CAASPP provides schools with models of high-quality instruction. California State Universities and many community colleges consider high marks on these tests among 11th-graders a reliable sign of readiness for college-level work.   

Shifting the focus to students and classrooms requires patience and persistence
California is leading the way in moving from a top-down approach to testing to a system focused on gathering insights about student progress and helping schools put them to use improving teaching and learning. These major changes take time to carry out, and it is important to remember that schools and teachers are still adjusting to new standards and assessments. Our education system has a long way to go, but we are making real progress in creating a system that serves the long-term needs of our students and our state.
 
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Smarter Balance Assessments for ELA and Mathematics

Students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will receive full-length summative tests for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics, with approximately seven to eight hours of total testing time for each student.

Visit the California Department of Education (CDE) California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System Web page for additional information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment System.

CAASPP Estimated Testing Times for Smarter Balanced Assessments

This table contains rough estimates of the time most students will take to complete the Smarter Balanced online assessments. This information is for scheduling purposes only, as the assessments are not timed.

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Grades

Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) items

hrs : mins

Performance Task (PT)

hrs : mins

Total

hrs : mins

Classroom Activity (administered prior to the PT)*

hrs : mins

Total

hrs : mins

English Language Arts/Literacy

3–5

1:30

2:00

3:30

:30

4:00

6–8

1:30

2:00

3:30

:30

4:00

HS

2:00

2:00

4:00

:30

4:30

Mathematics

3–5

1:30

1:00

2:30

:30

3:00

6–8

2:00

1:00

3:00

:30

3:30

HS

2:00

1:30

3:30

:30

4:00

Both

3–5

3:00

3:00

6:00

1:00

7:00

6–8

3:30

3:00

6:30

1:00

7:30

3–5

3:00

3:00

6:00

1:00

7:00

Parent Guides

• Grades 3-5
          English Version 
          Spanish Version 
• Grades 6-8
          English Version 
          Spanish Version
• Grade 11
          English Version 
          Spanish Version
 

Score Report Information

 
 

Teacher Guides: Smarter Balanced Assessments

These guides provide grade band specific information about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The guides are organized by grade span to highlight the changes in expectations as students move through the grade levels. They explain how student skills and knowledge are assessed and reported through collecting and scoring evidence. They also provide examples of the range and types of items that appear on the assessments. The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.
 
 
 

California Science Test (CAST)

What is the California Science Test?

The CAST is an online test based on the California Next Generation Science Standards. Students will not receive scores for the pilot test; however, student participation data will be collected and reported for accountability.

 

Who takes the CAST pilot?

Participation in the CAST pilot is required for all students in grades five and eight, and for the pre-selected high school grades with the exception of eligible students who will take the California Alternate Assessment for Science pilot.

 
PUSD CAST pilot 9th-12th grade participation is as follows:
eLearning Charter Academy - Grade 11
Honey Run Academy - Grade 10
Paradise High - Grade 10
Ridgeview Continuation High- Grade 12
 
 

California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

General Information

The summative California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science are administered to eligible students. The CAAs are for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and whose individualized education program (IEP) team has designated the use of an alternate assessment on statewide summative assessments.

ELA and Mathematics

The CAA for ELA and CAA for mathematics are available in grades three through eight and grade eleven and are delivered one on one by a trained CAA test examiner familiar to the student.

Science

The pilot test for the CAA for science is available in grades five and eight, and one grade in high school (grade ten, eleven, or twelve) as well as students in ungraded programs.

The CAA for science will be administered as an embedded performance task that is part of classroom instruction.

2016-17 CAA sample score report.

 

Three Year Assessment Time Line

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