The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System consists of the following assessments:
Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy and mathematics
California Alternate Assessments for English language arts, mathematics, and science
California Science Tests
California Spanish Assessment
The CAASPP Portal Website is your source for access to test administration systems, training resources and materials, the latest CAASPP news, and important dates regarding administering the CAASPP tests.
Smarter Balanced tests consist of two parts: a computer adaptive assessment and a performance task. The computer assessment bases follow-up questions on a student’s answers in real time and gives a more accurate picture of progress than paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice tests. If a student answers a question correctly, they get a more difficult question. If they answer incorrectly, they get an easier question.
The performance task challenges students' ability to apply their knowledge and skills to problems in a real-world setting. The two parts measure depth of understanding, writing, research, and problem-solving skills more thoroughly than the previous multiple choice paper tests.
Scores on the assessments fall into one of four achievement levels: standard exceeded, standard met, standard nearly met, and standard not met. The state also computes the average scores of all tested students, by grade level, called “mean scale” scores, which reflects the progress of all students rather than only those who changed achievement levels from one year to the next.
Tehama County teachers and administrators, together with parents will review and analyze student results. This analysis provides valuable information that will help guide instruction to determine student-learning needs. The results will also be used by districts during their Local Control and Accountability Plan revision process each spring.
It is important to acknowledge that the CAASPP is but one measure of student achievement. Tehama County districts and schools have additional sources of evidence of how students are doing to include local assessments, classroom performance, and program participation.
The California School Dashboard is an online tool designed to help communities across the state access information about K-12 districts and schools. The Dashboard provides parents and educators with meaningful information on school and district progress so they can continue to raise the bar for student learning, transform testing, and put the focus on equity.
California is leading the nation in developing a system for evaluating schools and districts that includes multiple measures of student success. The new California School Dashboard is an easy-to-use online tool to access this wealth of information, giving parents, teachers and community members a fuller picture of a school’s progress.
Instead of relying exclusively on test scores as the previous accountability system did, this new system gives a snapshot of a manageable set of indicators, including high school graduation rates, career and college readiness, English learner progress and suspension rates, while still looking at test scores.
Focus on Equity
California's future success depends on preparing every student at every school to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The additional information in the California School Dashboard can help improve equity among student groups by revealing where disparities exist.
Having access to relevant information helps schools and districts understand where students are struggling and ensures staff can respond with resources.
Under the previous system, data about student groups was too focused on test scores. The new system provides student group information on a variety of helpful indicators and puts it in one location.
Supporting Local Decision-Making
The Dashboard supports California's groundbreaking Local Control Funding Formula, which gives districts and schools more flexibility in using state resources.
Districts and schools have access to the information they need to make the best local decisions about the education of children. New information will help principals, teachers, parents and community members pinpoint specific areas where schools are underperforming and need help.
It will also help identify schools that are excelling and can help others by sharing their methods and practices.