• Understanding Your Student’s Assessment Results

    08/17/2015

    Smarter Balanced Assessment Results

    In spring 2015, students in grades 3-8 and 11 took part in the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The CAASPP includes the new computer-based Smarter Balanced Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics, and paper-based science tests for grades 5, 8 and 10. These new assessments replace the STAR tests.

    Designed to prepare students for college and career readiness

    • Based on the new, more challenging California academic standards designed to help all students graduate college and career ready, the assessments encourage high quality teaching and learning.
    • The new assessments include a wider variety of questions, requiring students to master new skills that they will need to succeed, including explaining how they solve problems, thinking critically, and writing analytically. 

    Apples to Oranges: The new tests are different than the old tests

    • The old tests measured different skills in a different way. Fundamental differences in the standards being assessed, the test delivery method and the scoring process make it impossible to compare the new assessments and the old Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests.
    • Scores on this year’s assessments are a baseline for progress. The results should be used to help guide discussions among parents, students and teachers, and help teachers and schools adjust instruction to meet student needs.

    Just one measure of student progress

    • We see these tests as an academic check-up. Like class assignments, projects, and report cards, they are one gauge of student progress – one way to provide you and your child’s teachers with information about your child’s progress toward the goals we have set for our students.

    In the coming weeks, you will receive the CAASPP Student Score Report showing how your student performed on the new Smarter Balanced Assessment, as well as the science test scores for grades 5, 8 and 10. For 11th grade students, the report will also show an Early Assessment Program (EAP) score of college readiness. To learn more about the Student Score Report we strongly encourage you to watch this video in English or Spanish

    If you have questions or concerns about your student’s progress, please contact your child’s school. More information about CAASPP can be found on the California Department of Education’s website.

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