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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

The New California Testing System

The 2015-16 CAASPP reports at the state,
district, and school level are available


Video: Understanding Your Child’s Score Report

Video in Spanish: Entendiendo el Reporte de Calificaciones Individual de CAASPP del Estudiante

This spring, students took part in the first statewide administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program’s Smarter Balanced assessments for students in grades three through eight and eleven during the 2014-15 school year. These computer based tests replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program’s paper-based, multiple choice California Standards Test (CST).

The CAASPP Score reports will provide parents, schools and state with valuable information on student performance on the new academic standards. This first year will establish a baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time.

The new CAASPP reports will provide information in a different format from the STAR.

  • Student scale scores will be based on a 1000-3000 scale.
  • Four new achievement level bands: Standards Exceeded and Standards Met are considered proficient. Standards Nearly Met and Standards Not Met are considered non-proficient.
    • Achivement level bands for Language Arts can be located here.
    • Achievement level bands for Mathematics can be located here.
  • Additional information on the areas that make up the student’s overall scores.

For additional information on the student score reports or on the Smarter Balanced test, please visit:

Sample CAASPP Student Score Report

Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports

Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessments: Grade 3-5; Grade 6-8

As part of the California’s transition to Common Core State Standards, the state has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessment system with the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system. The new state assessment, Smarter Balanced, offers a wider variety of questions than the traditional multiple choice test, adjusts the difficulty of the question based on student answers, and requires students to explain how they solve problems.

The CAASPP assessment system will include the following assessments:

  • Smarter Balanced (SBAC) Summative Test for English-Language Arts and Math in grades three through eight. Fifth and Eighth Grade Science Tests (CST and CMA)
  • California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for students with disabilities in grades two through eight

The CAASPP testing sessions will be scheduled over the course of three or four days during the six-week testing window from the end of March to mid-May at each school site.

The Smarter Balanced computer adaptive testing system is configured to select grade-level questions for approximately the first two-thirds of the test. At that point, if the estimate of the student’s achievement level is clearly at the highest (or lowest) level, the question pool is expanded to include questions above (or below) the student’s grade level. Expanding the question pool to include out-of-grade questions can help create a more complete picture of each student’s knowledge and skills.

Additional information about the CAASPP assessment system and Smarter Balanced Assessments can be found on the California Department of Education assessment webpage under the “Students and Parents” tab.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System

Additional Resources for Students and Parents on CAASPP or Smarter Balanced Assessment

Smarter Balanced Parent Factsheet

An Academic Check-up

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