California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
Measuring Student Achievement
Students in Manteca Unified School District, along with public school students throughout California, participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the state academic achievement testing system. CAASPP is intended to provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students that can be used to monitor student progress and readiness for college and careers.
Happening This Year
CAASPP includes Smarter Balanced computer-based tests in English–Language Arts and Mathematics for students in Grades 3-8 and 11. This year, students in Grades 5, 8, and 11 will also take the new California Science Test (CAST). Some students may be eligible to take special alternate assessments as identified in their individualized education plans (IEPs). Parents should contact their child’s school for specific CAASPP testing dates.
College Preparation for Grade 11 Students
CAASPP results directly impact the Early Assessment Program (EAP) status reports for students in Grade 11. Students may request that their status reports be sent to California State Universities and participating California Community Colleges. Parents should contact their child’s high school for more information about the EAP.
Everyone Can Try a Practice Test
To learn more about the types of questions on the Smarter Balanced computer-based tests, parents and students can experience practice tests here at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test webpage.
Test Results Are Only One Measure
Following spring testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent home to parents/guardians and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for subjects tested, results from previous CAASPP testing, and other information. CAASPP tests are based upon the California State Standards. It’s important to remember that state achievement tests are only one way to measure how well a student is learning. For parents and teachers, test results, combined with all the other information you have about your child, can give a good sense of how your child is progressing.
Parent Guides to Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments
The guides linked below give parents lots of information about the assessments along with sample test items and answers:
Learn More about CAASPP
If you would like more information, visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP webpage. Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions about your child’s participation.
[MUSD, in compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and state guidelines, does not encourage parents/guardians to exempt students from participating in CAASPP assessments but only wishes to inform all parents of their right as noted below.]
All students are encouraged to participate in CAASPP since results provide valuable information about student progress for both parents and teachers. However, parents/guardians may request that their child not be tested with any CAASPP assessment in any content area. A written request must be submitted annually to the student’s school prior to testing. The written request must include the student’s name, school, grade, and specific tests to be exempted. The request must be signed and dated. Stating a reason for the request is not required. Per state guidelines, if the request is received after testing has begun, any test items already completed will be scored with results reported.
- Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, MUSD will offer confidential CAASPP student score reports online through the district’s secure Parent Connect website.
- Since the California Department of Education is no longer providing CAASPP student score reports printed on paper, parents/guardians will not receive them by mail as in past years.
- Once a Parent Connect account is set-up, parents/guardians will be able to quickly view, download, or print their child’s online score report.
- Parents/guardians may also contact their child’s school office to request a paper copy of the report or if they need assistance setting up a Parent Connect account.
- Prior year CAASPP results are available through the California Department of Education’s website.
- Go to this website to find the following helpful parent resources:
- Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report, a video available in English and Spanish.
- Guide to Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report, available in English, Spanish, and other languages.
- Test Score Guide is a new interactive website that can help anyone gain a better understanding of assessment results and student strengths and weaknesses.
- Contact your child’s teacher to further discuss your child’s testing results.