California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

  • What is CAASPP?

    The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System was established on January 1, 2014. The CAASPP System replaced the Standardized Testing and Report (STAR) Program, which became inoperative on July 1, 2013.
     
    The CAASPP System is intended to provide parents, teachers, administrators and students with accurate and actionable information about what students are learning.  The CAASPP System encompasses the following assessments and student participation requirements.  Information about the content and format of each test is also provided.
     
    CAASPP Family Website
     
    To help empower parents/guardians and families to become partners in their children’s academic success, the California Department of Education and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have created the “Starting Smarter" family website for the CAASPP including information on Student Score Reports and resources for the California Science Test, the California Spanish Assessment, and the California Alternate Assessments.
     
     
    What is CAST?
     
    The CAST (California Science Test) is required for all students in grades five and eight and once in high school (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve) unless their IEP indicates assessment with an alternate test. The CAST includes stand-alone or discrete items and Performance Tasks (PTs). The discrete item types consist of selected response, constructed response, table, fill-in, graphing, and so forth. The PTs measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards through extended activities.The CAST is aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS).
     
    What are California Alternate Assessments?
     
    The California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) are taken by students with significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments even with accessibility supports and whose individualized education program (IEP) indicates assessment with an alternate test. The content of the alternate assessment is based on alternate achievement standards derived from the CCSS for students.. The CAAs are computer-based two-stage adaptive tests and are administered to students in a one-on-one environment by a test examiner who is familiar with the student.