CAASPP testing for the 2019-2020 school year has been suspended due to COVID-19.
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 once in high school participate in the Smarter Balanced assessment for Science.
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 ELA and mathematics CAASPP assessments. 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, may be required to provide a copy of their CAASPP Student Score Report to the specific CSU campus or participating Community College.
More information can be found at CSUsuccess and Early Assessment Program
How does the Smarter Balance Assessment work?
Computer Based: Some questions are interactive, and a greater variety of support 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.
- No Time Limits: Students can take the time they need to do their best.
English language arts, math and science are organized into two sections:
Questions: Series of questions, estimated to take 1-2 hours.
Performance Task: One real-world problem requiring multiple steps (and extended writing in language arts), estimated to take 1-2 hours.
Assessments do not need to be administered all at once. Each can be given over several days to accommodate teaching schedules and none of the tests are timed.