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2014 CAASPP Paper-based Test Results

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The 2014 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System includes four paper-based tests:

  • California Standards Tests - Science
  • California Modified Assessment - Science
  • California Alternate Performance Assessment – English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish – Reading/language arts (RLA)

California Standards Tests (CSTs)

The CSTs for science in grades five, eight, and ten are administered only to students in California public schools. All questions are multiple–choice. These tests were developed specifically to assess students' knowledge of the California content standards in science. The 2014 CSTs were required for students who were enrolled in grades 5, 8, and 10 at the time of testing.

Science
The CSTs for science were administered by grade to students in grades five, eight, and ten.

  • Grade five—Covers grades four and five science content standards
  • Grade eight—Covers grade eight science content standards
  • Grade ten (CST for Life Science)—Covers middle school life science and high school biology content standards

All CSTs for Science have 60 multiple-choice questions.

California Modified Assessment (CMA)

The CMA for science was administered to eligible students in grades five, eight, and ten. The CMA is a standards-based test for students with an individualized education program who meet the eligibility criteria adopted by the State Board of Education. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act called for a range of assessments appropriate to students' abilities. The CMA provides an appropriate assessment for a small percentage of students allowing them to demonstrate their knowledge of skills in the California academic content standards for science.

The CMA for Science tests were administered by grade to eligible students in grades five, eight, and ten.

  • Grade five—Covers grades four and five science content standards
  • Grade eight—Covers grade eight science content standards
  • Grade ten (CST for Life Science)—Covers middle school life science and high school biology content standards

California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA)

Students with significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to take the Smarter Balanced Field Test even with designated supports and accommodations participated in the CAASPP system by taking the CAPA. The CAPA is an individually administered performance assessment with all tasks linked to the California ELA, mathematics, and science content standards.

The CAPA is organized into five levels, representing specific grade spans. Most students eligible for the CAPA take the level corresponding to their enrollment grade. The CAPA tests were administered to eligible students in grades two through eleven.

  • Level I
    - Students in grades two through eleven (students with the most significant cognitive disabilities)

  • Level II
    - Students in grades two and three

  • Level III
    - Students in grades four and five

  • Level IV
    - Students in grades six through eight

  • Level V
    - Students in grades nine through eleven

Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS)

The STS consists of multiple–choice tests in Spanish that assess RLA in grades two through eleven. Local education agencies had the option of administering the STS for RLA to the Spanish-speaking English learners (ELs) in grades two through eleven who either were receiving instruction in Spanish or had been enrolled in school in the United States for less than 12 months when testing began.