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Program Background

Signed into law in October 2013, Assembly Bill 484 established the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System on January 1, 2014. The CAASPP replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, which became inoperative on July 1, 2014. For 2014–15, the CAASPP System encompasses the following required assessments:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English–language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11.

    • Except for the groups listed below, all students at the designated grade levels are required to participate:

      • Students with disabilities who take alternative assessments for ELA and mathematics
      • English learners who have been enrolled in a school in the United States for less than 12 months (ELA only)

    • Alternate assessments include ELA and mathematics assessments in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11, and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for science in grades 5, 8, and 10.

      • Student with significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments even with accessibility supports, and whose individualized education program (IEP) indicates assessment with an alternative test.

    • Science assessments in grades 5, 8, and 10 (i.e., California Standards Tests [CST], California Modified Assessment [CMA], and CAPA)

      • The CST for science is required for all students in grades five, eight, and ten unless their IEP indicates assessment with CMA or CAPA. The CMA for science is for students with disabilities whose IEP indicates assessment with the CMA. The CAPA for science is for students with significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to take the CSTs even with accessibility supports and whose IEP indicates assessment with CAPA.

    • Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for reading–language arts in grades 2 through 11 (optional).

      • The STS is a primary language assessment in Spanish for Spanish-speaking English learners who either receive instruction in their primary language or have been enrolled in a school in the United States less than 12 months.