Signed into law in October 2013, Assembly Bill 484 establishes the CAASPP assessment system. For the 2013–14 school year, the CAASPP assessment system encompasses the following required assessments:
- Smarter Balanced system of assessments for mathematics and English–language arts
- California Standards Tests (CST) for Science in grades five, eight, and ten
- California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science in grades five, eight, and ten
- California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science in grades five, eight, and ten and for mathematics and English–language arts in grades two through eleven
Please visit the California Department of Education website for more information: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/
Smarter Balanced Assessments
The Smarter Balanced assessments are a key part of implementing the Common Core State Standards and preparing all students for success in college and careers.
The Common Core State Standards establish consistent academic expectations in English and mathematics for the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers. More than 40 states have adopted these standards and are working to provide teachers and students the support they need to reach them.
States are partnering in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to develop a new assessment system aligned to the Common Core to measure how well students are progressing toward readiness for college and careers.
The Smarter Balanced assessment system will replace existing tests, and offer significant improvements over tests of the past, including writing at every grade, new question types, and performance tasks that ask students to demonstrate an array of research, writing, and problem solving skills.
In addition to measuring student achievement at the end of the school year, the Smarter Balanced assessment system will provide information during the year to give teachers and parents a better picture of where students are succeeding and where they need help.
The work of Smarter Balanced is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help all students succeed—regardless of disability, language, or background. The assessment system include a wide array of accessibility tools for all students and accommodations—such as Braille—for those who need them.
To access the student practice test, follow the link: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/
The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests are given each spring to all students in California in grades 2-11, as required by law. The Content Standards Tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics are aligned to the California State Standards and measure what is expected for California students to be able to do and to understand. The publisher reports the results in the following five levels of performance: Advanced, Proficient, Basic, Below Basic, and Far Below Basic. Students performing at Proficient or Advanced are considered to be meeting or exceeding state expectations. Students performing at the Basic level are close to approaching the state expectations. Students performing at Below Basic or Far Below Basic are not meeting state expectations.
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