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State Testing Information

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CAASPP Score Report

Please CLICK HERE for the October 9, 2017 presentation to the Governing Board regarding the 2016-18 CAASPP Scores. 

Understanding Your Child's Score Report

Students Testing 2016-17


 

About the 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.

For additional practice with the technology skills needed for online testing, please CLICK HERE

CAASPP Testing Updates

Students score reports have been sent out.  Please see the video, left, for more information on understanding the score report. The district testing window was from April 24 to May 26.  

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Resources

Parent Tips

  • Remember, children who have eaten well have improved concentration and attention
  • Encourage a good night’s rest
  • Make the morning of test days pleasant. Stress will impair your children’s ability to perform their best.
  • Be on time to school on-time
  • Avoid scheduling dental or doctor appointments for testing days.
  • Don’t be too anxious about your children’s test scores. Although it is important to let them know that the tests should be taken seriously, it is also important not to increase test-taking anxiety.

Ca. Alternate Assessments (CAA)

The California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress system. The goals of the CAAs are to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for postsecondary options.

The CAAs for ELA and mathematics are aligned with alternate achievement standards—called the Core Content Connectors (CCCs)—and linked to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

Eligible Students

Only eligible student may participate in the administration of the CAAs. Any student identified for alternate testing takes the alternate versions of all tests. Individualized education program (IEP) teams “shall determine when a child with a significant cognitive disability shall participate in an alternate assessment aligned with the alternate academic achievement standards.” (Title 1, Part A, Subpart 1, Sec. 1111(b)(2)(D)(ii)(I)—Every Student Succeeds Act, 2015)