California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

  • California's new student assessment system is now known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The CAASPP System replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The primary purpose of CAASPP is to assist teachers, administrators, and pupils and their parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.

    2018 - 2019 Schools Year

    For the 2018-19 school year, CAASPP is comprised of the following:

    Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

    • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades three through eight, and grade eleven.  The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments which are delivered by computer consist of two sections: a computer-adaptive test and a performance task (PT) based on the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics. The computer-adaptive section includes a range of item types such as selected response, constructed response, table, fill-in, graphing, etc. The PT are extended activities that measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards—a key component of college and career readiness.   For students in grade eleven, the Early Assessment Program (EAP) will use the Smarter Balanced summative assessments.

    California Alternate Assessment (CAA)

    • The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for English–language arts and mathematics in grades three through eight, and grade eleven. The content of the CAA is based on alternate achievement standards derived from the Common Core State Standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The CAA will be delivered on the computer for this operational administration.

    California Science Test (CAST)

    • The California Science Test or CAST is part of the state testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP. The CAASPP System is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and are able to do. It also indicates whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or career when they graduate from high school.

    Learn more at www.caaspp.org

    We have also established a page to explain more at www.alvordschools.org/caaspp