In the spring of 2015, over three million California public school children in grades 3 through 8 and 11 participated in the first administration of the new state academic achievement assessment, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The CAASPP assessments measure student progress in English/Language Arts and Mathematics as aligned with the new California Academic Standards. The CAASPP will be one part of the new district and school accountability system in California.
The California Department of Education released student scores reports in early September 2015. In his comments upon this statewide release, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson reminded the public and California educators that the CAASPP is more rigorous than past statewide student assessments. The new state standards focus on problem solving, critical thinking and application of knowledge. These are skills that have not been tested in the past on statewide assessments. Therefore, CAASPP results should not be compared with past statewide assessments. As State Superintendent Torlakson stated that while most students did not meet the new standards as measured by the 2015 CAASPP, “many students are at or near achievement standards.”
In Tehama County, over 5,400 students participated in the CAASPP last school year. Over the next few weeks and months, Tehama County teachers and administrators, together with parents will be reviewing and analyzing student results. This analysis will provide valuable information that will help guide instruction to determine student learning needs.
It is important to acknowledge that the CAASPP is but one measure of student achievement. Tehama districts and schools have additional sources of evidence of how students are doing to include local assessments, classroom performance and program participation.
All district and school aggregate results can be accessed at:
Graphs of Tehama County CAASPP English Language Arts and Mathematics aggregate results can accessed by clicking here.
Informative CAASPP score Parent Guides can be accessed on the CA CDE website (in English and Spanish) at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppssreports.asp