California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessment system was established on January 1, 2014.
The CAASPP system replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The primary purpose of the CAASPP system is to assist teachers, administrators, and pupils and their parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.
SBAC – Smarter Balanced Assessments:
These state assessments are administered online and are aligned to the newest California State Standards http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/index.asp . The tests cover English language arts/literacy and mathematics and are administered in the spring of each school year in grades 3-8 and 11.
Student score reports for the 2018 Smarter Balanced Assessments will be mailed to parents once they are received by the district, usually in August. For more information on how to interpret these reports, please visit the California Department of Education’s website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppssrinfo.asp . This site has sample score reports as well as videos that explain how to interpret the results.
CAA - California Alternate Assessments:
The CAAs have replaced the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA for ELA and Math), which were eliminated in 2015. The CAAs are administered in place of the SBAC assessments. Only eligible students may participate in the administration of the CAAs. http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/altassessment.asp
California Science Test:
Since the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS), the California Department of Education has been developing a new science assessment based on the CA NGSS. The statewide California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System includes federally required science assessments in grades five and eight and once in high school (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve). This science assessment is the new California Science Test (CAST), which is based on the CA NGSS. This test will be field tested for the second year in the Spring of 2018 and will be operational in the Spring of 2019. For more information on the CAST.
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
The ELPAC is the successor to the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) and is the current required state test for English language proficiency that must be given to students whose primary language is other than English. The ELPAC is a test that measures how well a student can listen, speak, read and write in English.
Any student who lives in a home where a language other than English is spoken must be assessed within 30 calendar days after enrolling in a California public school for the first time. The CELDT is used for this purpose for the 2017-18 school year and will be replaced by the ELPAC Initial Assessment for the 2018-19 school year. The ELPAC Summative Assessment is being used in the 2017-18 school year for the first time. The window for administering the ELPAC-SA is February 1 – May 25. English Learners must be assessed annually until they become fully proficient in English.
Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
The physical fitness test (PFT) for students in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting life-long habits of regular physical activity.
All students in grades 5, 7 and 9 take the fitness test. The test has six parts that show a level of fitness that offer a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity. The test results can be used by students, teachers, and parents.