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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

Understanding CAASPP

CAASPP System

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics
  • California Science Test (CAST)—to be piloted in 2016–17
  • CAA for Science—to be piloted in 2016–17 and 2017–18
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish

Importance of Informing Parents and Guardians About Testing

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 852:

  • Each year local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to notify parents or guardians of their pupil’s participation in the CAASPP tests.
  • In addition, LEAs are required to inform parents/ guardians of their right to exempt their child from taking the CAASPP tests.
    • Parents/Guardians must annually submit a written request specifying the tests to be exempted.

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

  • All students in grades three through eight and grade eleven take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments with the following exceptions:
  • Students with the most significant cognitive  disabilities and whose individualized education program (IEP) team designates the use of the alternate assessment
  • English learners who have been enrolled in a school in the United States for fewer than 12 months for ELA (optional exemption)

Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)

  • CAT adjusts the level of difficulty to the student’s abilities.
  • Student is not scored on the basis of the number of correct answers (i.e., percent correct).
  • Student is scored on both the number of correct answers and the difficulty of the questions completed.

 

Performance Task (PT)

  • The PT is designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate higher-order thinking skills to explore and analyze a complex, real-world scenario.
  • The PT is required. Students will not receive a score if the CAT and PT are not completed.

Smarter Balanced Estimated Testing Times

Content Area

Grades

CAT questions

hrs:mins

PT

hrs:mins

Total

hrs:mins

ELA

3–5

1:30

2:00

3:30

6–8

1:30

2:00

3:30

11

2:00

2:00

4:00

Mathematics

3–5

1:30

1:00

2:30

6–8

2:00

1:00

3:00

11

2:00

1:30

3:30

Both

3–5

3:00

3:00

6:00

6–8

3:30

3:00

6:30

11

4:00

3:30

7:30

 

California Science Test (CAST)

All 5th and 8th graders will participate in the CAST pilot or CAAS pilot. The CAST pilot testing period is scheduled to begin on March 20, 2017.

 

The CAST Pilot

  • will take approximately one hour for students to complete

  • will consist of 25 discrete items and one computer-based performance task

  • all students in grades five and eight

CAST Pilot Administration

  • Administered online only through the test delivery system using the same secure browser as the other CAASPP tests
  • Includes an online fixed test form that has several discrete items, one PT per grade, and a student survey
  • Takes approximately one hour to complete, which includes completion of the PT

CAST for Science Pilot Results

Only participation rates will be reported, not scores

Student Score Reports will include:

•Purpose of the assessment

•Timeline for implementation

Parent Resources

Practice Tests

This link accesses both the Practice and Training Tests portal. The Practice Tests provide students with grade-specific testing experiences that are similar in structure and format to the Summative Assessments. The Training Tests provide students with the opportunity to quickly become familiar with the software and interface features. The Training Tests are organized by grade-bands (e.g., 3–5). 

CCSS Resources for Parents and Students

These resources have been compiled for parents and guardians interested in learning more about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how to support their child's attainment of these standards.