Understanding California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance Summary Reports

California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) Results Definitions

Number Enrolled—A count of students in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or subgroup) who are eligible to take the CAAs in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3—8 and grade 11.

Number Tested—A count of students in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or subgroup) who were administered the CAAs in ELA and mathematics. This number excludes students not tested by parent/guardian request, students not tested due to a significant medical emergency, and students who were assigned to take the test, but did not test.

Number of Tests with Scores—The number of valid scores includes students in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or subgroup) who were enrolled during the selected testing window and received a score.

Mean Scale Score—The sum of scale scores for students in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or subgroup) with valid scores divided by the Number of Tests with Scores.

Note: The percent of students in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or subgroup) at a particular achievement level is the sum of the number of students at a particular achievement level divided by the total number of students across all achievement levels for that entity.

CAASPP Reporting Calculations

For CAASPP public reporting purposes, the exemption date for recently arrived English learners (ELs) is calculated by subtracting 12 months from the middle of the LEA’s selected testing window.

The exemption date for CAASPP reporting varies by LEA because it is based on each LEA’s selected testing window.

  1. • Any recently arrived EL whose first date of entry into a U.S. school, as shown in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS), is after the exemption date, was not required to take the 2016 ELA assessment and will not be included in percent of students tested calculations. ELs with an enrollment date that is after the exemption date who chose to participate in the ELA test will be included the percent of students tested calculations.
  2. • Any recently arrived EL whose first date of entry into a U.S. school is after the exemption date will not be included in any aggregate CAASPP scoring calculations.

Reporting Achievement Level Descriptors

English Language Arts/Literacy Achievement Level Descriptors
Grade Level 3–Alternate Level 2–Alternate Level 1–Alternate
Grades 3—8 and 11 The student showed understanding of core concepts in English language arts/literacy. The student showed foundational understanding of core concepts in English language arts/literacy. The student showed limited understanding of core concepts in English language arts/literacy.
Mathematics Area Achievement Level Descriptors
Grade Level 3–Alternate Level 2–Alternate Level 1–Alternate
Grades 3—8 and 11 The student showed understanding of core concepts in mathematics. The student showed foundational understanding of core concepts in mathematics. The student showed limited understanding of core concepts in mathematics.