The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System is California's new statewide student academic assessment system.
On January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System of assessments to replace the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, which became inoperative on July 1, 2013.
One good way to get a better feel for how to interpret the test results is to look at a couple examples of actual test results.
The areas for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) include:
- Reading: How well does your child understand stories and information that he or she reads?
- Writing: How well does your child communicate in writing?
- Listening: How well does your child understand spoken information?
- Research/Inquiry: How well can your child find and present information about a topic?
- Concepts & Procedures: How well does your child use mathematical rules and ideas?
- Problem Solving and Modeling & Data Analysis: How well can your child show and apply problem-solving skills?
- Communicating Reasoning: How well can your child think logically and express thoughts in order to solve a problem?
These areas are based on the standards, which describe what your child should know and be able to do relative to the overall Standard Met achievement level for his or her grade. These results by area are most useful to identify skills where your child is performing particularly well (Above Standard) or where your child is struggling and needs help to improve (Below Standard). If your child received a “No score,” it means he or she did not complete enough questions to receive a score in that area.
There are four levels of scores for ELA and mathematics for each grade. Achievement levels “Standard Met” and “Standard Exceeded” are the state targets for all students.
Score ranges for each achievement level are different for each grade, and the standards for the next grade are higher than for the previous grade. As a result, students may need a higher score to stay in the same achievement level as the previous year.
Go to http://testscoreguide.org/ca/ for more information, including the Parent Guide to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments with sample test items.
For complete results for schools, districts, or across the state, visit the CDE CAASPP Results Web site at http://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/