In the spring of 2015, students in San Joaquin County joined students across the state taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) summative assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, part of the state’s California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). It was the first statewide administering of the online tests replacing the paper-based Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. The new tests are taken by third- through eighth-grade students as well as students in the 11th grade.
The CAASPP test assesses how well students are learning new and rigorous state standards designed to prepare them for college coursework and 21st-century careers. With the new tests came new scoring reports that look much different than reports from the STAR program. CAASPP scores measure different skills in a different way and cannot be compared to the old scoring system.
The 2015 test scores marked a baseline to measure future progress. It is expected that relatively low scores will rise over the years as the standards and test become more established. Scores will not be used to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade. But they can guide parent-teacher discussion and help schools adjust instruction to meet student needs.
Parents, teachers, and schools can find tools to help them understand CAASPP results, and how they can be used to improve teaching and learning, at www.testscoreguide.org/ca/.
For more information about test scores, including links to a video and parent guides to score reports in both English and Spanish, please go to Additional CAASPP Test Score Resources.
Parent guides and other resources for families
The California PTA publishes a parent-friendly publication that includes information about assessments in six languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
More information about CAASPP from the California Department of Education
Information for parents from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium/
More Information for parents from California State PTA