The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, is the new State academic testing program that will soon become very familiar to our students. The purpose of this new assessment is to provide schools information that can be used to monitor each student’s progress toward meeting grade level standards and, ultimately, graduating from high school ready for college and career. The CAASPP replaces the STAR Testing Program and its California Standards Test or CST.
Last year, most of our students participated in a computer-based field test of the CAASPP that was not scored. This practice run allowed students to experience computer-based testing and new types of questions. In addition, the field test helped our schools evaluate how well the district’s technology could meet the demands of this new type of assessment. Lessons learned from last year’s field test will help ensure a successful, full launch of the assessment system this year.
The CAASPP English–Language Arts and Mathematics assessment will be taken during the months of April and May by students in grade 3-8 and, as well as paper-based test for Science in grades 5, 8 and 10. Your child’s school will provide you more detailed information about its particular testing schedule and expectations.
Following the spring 2015 assessment, students will receive individual score reports in the mail. The report will include an overall score and a description of the student’s achievement level for English-Language Arts and Mathematics. It is important to note that these scores cannot be compared to the old STAR or CST tests. CAASPP assesses students’ achievement on California’s new standards that emphasize subject knowledge as well as critical thinking, analytical writing and problem-solving skills. The question types on the CAASPP are very different from those students experienced on the STAR or CST test. In addition, the way the scores are reported will be different.