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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

On January 1, 2014, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System was established. The primary purpose of the CAASPP System is to assist teachers, administrators, students, and parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.  The CAASPP System encompasses the following assessments:

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBA) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics in grade three through eight and eleven.  The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments which are delivered by computer consist of two sections: a computer-adaptive test and a Performance Task (PT) based on the Common Core State Standards for ELA and mathematics. The computer-adaptive section includes a range of items types such as selected response, constructed response, table, fill-in, graphing, etc. The PT is extended activities that measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards—a key component of college and career readiness. 

California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics in grade three through grade eleven.  Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments even with accessibility supports and whose individualized education program (IEP) indicates assessment with an alternate test.  The content of the alternate assessment is based on alternate achievement standards derived from the Common Core State Standards. The CAAs are a computer-based two-stage adaptive test. The CAAs are administered to students in a one-on-one environment with a testing examiner that is familiar with the student. More information about the alternate assessments and the alternate achievement standards can be found on the CDE CAASPP California Alternate Assessments Web page.

California Science Test (CAST) in grades five, eight and assigned grade in high school.  The CAST is required from all students in grades five, eight, and assigned a grade in high school unless their IEP indicates assessment with an alternate test. The CAST includes stand-alone or discrete items and performance tasks (PTs). The discrete item types consist of selected response, constructed response, table, fill-in, graphing, etc. The PTs are extended activities that measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards.  The CAST is aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) and was adopted by the State Board of Education in September 2013. The 2017 administration of the CAST was a census pilot test and the 2018 CAST was a census field test.

California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science in grades five, eight, and assigned grade in high school.  The CAA for Science is administered to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to the CAST even with accessibility support and whose IEP indicates assessment with an alternative test. The content of the alternate assessment is based on alternate achievement standards derived from the CA NGSS. Test examiners administer the CAA for Science students in a one-on-one environment. Pilot year one the CAA for Science consisted of one embedded performance task and the second year pilot, consists of three embedded performance tasks that can be administered once to students over the course of the winter/spring.

For more information regarding the CAASPP System, contact the CAASPP Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at caaspp@cde.ca.gov. Information is also available on the CDE CAASPP Web page.

2017-2018 Capistrano CAASPP Results for ELA and Math

English Language Arts/Literacy
Mathematics

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