California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
California requires all school districts to administer the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. These assessments are comprehensive end of year assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. The Smarter Balanced Assessment System utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. This system is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.
Students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in the Smarter Balanced assessments for English Language Arts and Math. Students in grades 5, 8 and 10 will be participating in the Smarter Balanced assessment for Science pilot test for 2017.
Early Assessment Program (EAP) for Juniors
The EAP was developed by California State University (CSU) in collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education and is accepted by participating California Community Colleges (CCC) as well as CSU's. All students in grade 11 who participate in the English and mathematics CAASPP examination will achieve a performance level that will be used for the EAP.
Students 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 Community College.
More information about the EAP can be found at CSUSUCCESS
How does the Smarter Balance Assessment work?
Computer Based: Some questions are interactive, and a greater variety of supporting tools can be provided to eligible students, such as magnification of text, and text-to-speech read-aloud of questions.
Computer Adaptive: Students receive test questions that provide unique information about what they know and can do. A correct answer is followed by a more difficult question, and an incorrect answer is followed by an easier question. This provides a more precise estimate of student understanding.
Realistic Context for Tasks: Knowledge is assessed in context—for example, students are asked to select a word of the same meaning to replace a word in a paragraph, rather than to choose a synonym for a word standing alone. In addition, students will need to provide open-ended answers for some questions, rather than selecting from multiple options, and will be asked to write short essays that will need to be scored by hand.
English language arts, math and science are organized into two sections:
Questions: Series of questions, estimated to take 1-2 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 schedules.
CAASPP testing begins in April 2017 right after spring break, and finishes up for all campuses by the end of May. Each campus will have a detailed schedule of testing dates that will be available in the Weekly Newsletter.