California Assessment of Student Performance and
What is CAASPP Testing? PDF, 5 pages
new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) set higher expectations for our
students than ever before. These higher expectations were carefully
developed by classroom teachers, community colleges, colleges,
universities, and leaders in the workforce. They represent the skills
that today’s students need to succeed in college, career and life
--skills like critical thinking, problem solving and strong writing, so
that our children are competitive with peers from around the world.
The newest and largest component of CAASPP is the
Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), a modern, technology-based program,
with students performing the assessments on computers. These tests are
aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English and Math.
California adopted the CCSS in 2010 to support the knowledge and skills
students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter
where they come from or where they live.
This year, SCCS students will be participating in the CAASPP on
various dates and times from March through May, and each grade level
will be assigned specific weeks to take the exam. This will support our
students and staff in many ways including, the assurance of technology
working smoothly, providing enough time for students to take the
multiple components of the exam, and creating an environment conducive
to thinking and learning. Specific testing schedules, by site, will be sent home with students beginning in early March.
CAASPP: Keeping California’s Students on Track for College and Career
To access your gateway to understanding student scores on the
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Click here
Understanding your student score report:
State of California resources: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/index.asp.
**Parent Notification: outside source, information about their rights regarding opting out of high-stakes testing for their children
Parent Guide to Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments
ENGLISH: Grades 3, 4 & 5 Grades 6, 7 & 8 Grade 11
SPANISH: Grades 3, 4 & 5 Grades 6, 7 & 8 Grade 11
these skills requires different types of test questions. With this in
mind, this spring your child participated in the new California
Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
assessments. This assessment takes the place of the STAR tests. How are
CAASPP tests different from STAR tests?
SBAC What parents and students should know:
Overview of CAASPP System, outside district source:
Participants include 3rd-8th and 11th graders. . .
In California, most students in grades three through eight and grade
eleven will participate in the 2015–16 Smarter Balanced tests, which
include both ELA and mathematics content areas. These tests are
administered online. A student may be exempted from taking the Smarter
Balanced Summative Assessments in three situations:
- If the student is taking the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)
- If the student has been designated as an English learner and
enrolled in school in the United States for less the 12 months may be
exempted from the ELA portion of the Smarter Balanced Summative
- If the parent has expressed in writing that his or her student should be excluded from taking the summative assessments.
There are new “Item Types” not just Multiple Choice. . .
questions were multiple choice but others required students to type
their answers, to drag and drop things in different parts of the screen,
to highlight critical parts of a reading passage, or to draw a graph
- Questions require deeper thinking – it’s not as simple as choosing between 1 of 4 possible answers
tasks (PT) are included. These tasks require students to participate in
a classroom activity followed by completing a written task. The PT is
designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their
ability to apply their knowledge and higher order thinking skills to
explore and analyze a complex, real world scenario
We are testing in a new platform, on technology. . .
- All students take the tests on a computer. Most students will use a Chromebook device.