Assessment & Accountability

 
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Spring Testing - 2017

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) state-mandated assessments

California requires all school districts to administer Smarter Balanced assessments. These online assessments are designed to measure how well students are meeting new academic standards designed to prepare them for college, career and life.

Who: SBAC ELA and Math: students in grades 3-8 and 11

         CST in Science: students in grades 5, 8, and 10


When: April 17, 2017 through end of school year. Each school has developed its own schedule; contact your child’s school for specific testing dates.

 


 

Parent Guides

to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

Guía de los Padres

para las Evaluaciones Sumativas Smarter Balanced

Grades 3-5

Grados 3-5

Grades 6-8

Grados 6-8

Grade 11

Grado 11

Practice and training tests.

 


Early Assessment Program (EAP)

The new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System will have a direct impact on the California State University’s (CSU) Early Assessment Program (EAP). Beginning in spring 2015, the CSU will use CAASPP English language arts/literacy and mathematics performance level outcomes to provide grade eleven students, their families, and their high schools early signals about students’ readiness for college-level coursework.

Juniors who intend to enroll at a CSU or a CCC are encouraged to release their results by selecting the “bubble” at the end of the CAASPP exam. The CAASPP results can be released to the CSU or CCC only through this process. Students who choose at the time of testing not to release their results, but decide later to do so, will be required to provide a copy of their CAASPP Student Score Report to the specific CSU campus or participating CCC.  See more information about the EAP at CSU SUCCESS.


How does the SBAC test work?

Both the English language arts and math assessments are organized into two sections:

Questions: Series of questions, estimated to take 1.5-2 hours (tests are not timed)

Performance Task: One real-world problem requiring multiple steps (and extended writing in language arts), estimated to take 1-2 hours (tests are not timed)

Assessments do not need to be administered all at once. Each can be given over several days to accommodate teaching and computer lab schedules.

ESTIMATED TESTING TIMES FOR SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENTS

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

Content Area

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

* Classroom Activities are designed to fit into a thirty-minute window; however, the time within the window will vary due to the complexity of the topic and individual student needs.

 

 


Smarter Balanced Tests require more complex thinking

Evidence: Students will not be able to simply skim-read or answer writing prompts based on personal opinion. The assessments demand close reading and evidence-based responses.

Rigor: Students will not be able to rely as much on process of elimination to find an answer.  The assessment includes some multiple choice with more than one answer as well as other demands for higher-level thinking.

Authenticity: It won't be enough to memorize formulas and apply them to a set of numbers out of context. Smarter Balanced Assessments ask students to apply math concepts to real life situations, often requiring multiple steps.

Writing: Writing is now assessed at all tested grade levels, with extended writing in English language arts. Even the math assessment includes some short answer writing.

 


Smarter Balanced is computer-based

Interactive: More than just multiple-choice. Students may be asked to drag and drop answers, complete a chart or highlight evidence.

Adaptive: Assessments adjust to ability; questions become more or less challenging for each student depending on the answers.

Supportive: The online platform offers supports for all students, such as built-in calculators, highlighters, etc. More specific accommodations for students with special needs are available. (see below).

 


Scoring

Schools are expected to receive scores within four weeks of assessment completion.  The Smarter Balanced score sheets allow families to chart student's grade level growth over the years. Score numbers will range from about 2000-3000, with achievement levels from 1-4. Teachers and community members helped set these levels using data from 2014 field tests involving more than 3 million students.

Smarter Balanced is different enough that scores cannot be accurately compared to those of previous state tests, but families may be tempted to compare them anyway, especially if a student's level changes. Remember that scoring shifts are normal whenever more rigorous academic assessments are introduced; teachers and students need time to adjust.  


Please know that these scores will be viewed as one assessment among many that will help our teachers measure student learning and growth. Teachers and school officials will continue to recalibrate expectations. Everyone is working together to ensure student scores are viewed fairly as we continue to grow into this new academic expectation.

 


Accessibility & Accommodations

There are three levels of accommodations available to students:

  • Universal Tools such as calculators, dictionaries, and breaks are available for all students.

  • Designated Supports such as translations of directions/glossaries and scribes are available when indicated by a teacher or other adult.

  • Accommodations such as ASL, Braille, and read alouds are available only for students with a 504 or an IEP.

Video tutorials of CAASPP Universal Tools, Designated Supports and Accommodations.

More information is available on the California Department of Education webpage regarding usability, accessibility and accommodations.

 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Other Resources


Three Year Assessment Time Line

 
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