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:
The 2015 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System includes online summative assessments and four paper-based tests:
Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments
The Summative Assessments are comprehensive end of year assessments of grade-level learning that measure progress toward college and career readiness. Each test, English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics is comprised of two parts: (1) a computer adaptive test and (2) a performance task, administered within a 12-week window beginning at 66 percent of the instructional year for grades 3 through 8, or within in a 7-week window beginning at 80 percent of the instructional year for grade 11.
The Summative Assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. The tests capitalize on the strengths of computer adaptive testing—efficient and precise measurement across the full range of achievement and timely turnaround of results.
- 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)
- The California Alternate Assessment for ELA and mathematics 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.
To see a graphic illustrating the 2015-16 CAASPP System go to the 2014-15 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office (CAASPP) System Graphic pdf at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/caasppgraphic.pdf