What are the different California standardized tests?
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. The first administration of the SBAC tests was spring of 2015.
Student score reports for the 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessments will be mailed to parents by the end of 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 Assessments:
The California Science Assessments are administered in grades 5, 8 and 10. These assessments are paper/pencil (CST, CMA and CAPA) and aligned to the 1998 Science Standards. New Science assessments aligned to the 2013 Science Standard are under development. For more information on the Science Assessments http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp
California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
The CELDT is a test that measures how well a student can listen, speak, read and write in English. California state law requires that the CELDT be given each year to English Learners (students who do not speak English fluently).
The test is given to any student who lives in a home where a language other than English is spoken must take the test within 30 calendar days after enrolling in a California public school for the first time. The CELDT also must be given once each year to English Learners until they become fully proficient in English.
These videos are available in English and Spanish. Click on the video you want to view. Click on the drop down box to change the language from English to Spanish.
A new English Language assessment is currently under development. The English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) will be the successor to the CELDT. It aligns to the English Language Development (ELD) Standards. The ELPAC is scheduled for field testing beginning in the spring of 2017. The 2017-18 school year will be the transition year with CELDT used for initial assessments (new students) and the ELPAC used for annual assessment of identified English Learners. For more information: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/
California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)
The CAHSEE was suspended by Senate Bill 172 in the fall of 2015. This bill suspended the requirement to pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) as a condition of receiving a high school diploma for the 2014-15 through the 2017-18 school years, inclusive.
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.