The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) summative assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics are part of the state’s California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).
The new assessments are part of a larger plan in California to improve academic achievement by adopting new academic standards designed to prepare students for college courses and 21st-century jobs. Scores for 2015 tests marked a baseline for future improvement.
The new assessments means there are new Student Score Reports replacing those used in the old system. The new reports contain new score ranges, levels of attainment and names for those levels. Results are no longer be classified as advanced, proficient, basic, below basic and far below basic. Overall performance is now given one of the following four classifications:
• Standard exceeded.
• Standard met.
• Standard nearly met.
• Standard not met.
In addition to the overall scores, the report will highlight students’ strengths in key areas for both ELA and math, listing achievement levels of:
• Above standard.
• At or near standard.
• Below standard.
ELA key areas are: reading, writing, listening and research/inquiry. Math key areas are: problem solving and modeling/data analysis; concepts and procedures; and communicating reasoning.
Reports for students in grade 11 will indicate their readiness for college-level coursework.
Students in grades five, eight and 10 will receive reports from the California Standards Test for science, a federal requirement. The state is developing a new assessment to measure newly adopted science standards.
>Video guide: Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report 2015-16
Parent guides to score reports in English and Spanish