California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

California's new student assessment system is now known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The CAASPP System replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The primary purpose of CAASPP 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.

For the 2016–17 school year, CAASPP is comprised of the following:

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades three through eight, and grade eleven.  The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments which are delivered by computer consist of two sections: a computer-adaptive test and a performance task (PT) based on the State Standards for English language arts and mathematics. The computer-adaptive section includes a range of items types such as selected response, constructed response, table, fill-in, graphing, etc. The PT are extended activities that measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards—a key component of college and career readiness.   For students in grade eleven, the Early Assessment Program (EAP) will use the Smarter Balanced summative assessments.

Science Assessments, including the California Standards Tests (CSTs), California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), and the California Modified Assessment (CMA), in grades five, eight, and ten.  The CSTs, CMA, and CAPA are all paper-pencil tests based on the California content standards for science adopted by the State Board of California in October 1998. (Science assessments based on the Next Generation Science Standards, adopted in September 2013, are not yet available).

California Alternate Assessments for English–language arts and mathematics in grades three through eight, and grade eleven. The content of the alternate assessment will be based on alternate achievement standards derived from the State Standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The alternate assessments are computer-based.

For more information regarding CAASPP, visit the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) website.