CAASPP—California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
Smarter Balanced Assessments
The Smarter Balanced assessment system is a valid, fair, and reliable approach to student assessment that provide educators, students, and parents meaningful results with actionable data to help students succeed.
The Summative Assessments, or end-of-year tests, determine students’ progress toward college and career readiness in English language arts/literacy and math. These are given in the spring of each school year and consist of two parts: a computer adaptive test and a performance task.
The summative assessments:
Accurately describe both student achievement (how much students know at the end of the year) and student growth (how much students have improved since the previous year) to inform program evaluation and school, district, and state accountability systems
Include writing at every grade and ask students to solve multi-step, real-world problems in mathematics
Capitalize on the strengths of computer adaptive testing by providing precise measurement and quick turnaround of results
California Science Assessments for grades 8 and 10
During the transition to new science assessments, called Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the 2014–15 CAASPP System encompasses federally required science assessments in grades 5, 8, and 10. These assessments include: California Standards Tests [CSTs], California Modified Assessment [CMA], and California Alternate Performance Assessment [CAPA]. Information is provided about the content, types of questions, participation criteria, and other key targeted resources to assist with understanding the scope and requirements of these science assessments.
Alternate assessments are based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The goal of the alternate assessment is to ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options. The alternate assessments are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.
California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)
The summative California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics are to be administered to students in grades three through eight and grade eleven whose individualized education program teams designate the use of an alternate assessment on statewide assessments and who have a cognitive disability that prevents him or her from taking the online California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. This population of students has, in previous years, been assigned to take the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for ELA and mathematics. Students in grades five and eight who are assigned to take the CAAs will also take the CAPA for Science.
NEW—The CAAs are administered using the CAASPP secure browser on a variety of computing devices. The CAAs are delivered one on one by a trained CAA test examiner familiar to the student. (Source: CAASPP.org)
The CAPA is the alternate assessment for science. This test is designed for students in grades 5, 8, and 10, who have an individualized education program (IEP) and who have a significant cognitive disability. Students will participate in the CAPA Science Assessment Until there is a successor assessment aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
In April 2007, the United States Department of Education enacted regulations for an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards. The California Department of Education, in response to the federal regulations, developed and implemented the California Modified Assessment (CMA) as an alternate assessment of the California content standards based on modified achievement standards for children with disabilities who have an individualized education program (IEP).
The use of Smarter Balanced Assessments for English-language arts and mathematics with the appropriate universal tools, designated supports, and/or accommodations replaces the CMA tests for those subjects.
CMA for Science will continue (as part of the implementation of AB 484) to be administered to students with disabilities in grades five, eight, and ten who have an IEP that identifies the use of the CMA for Science until a successor science test is developed. (Source cde.ca.gov)