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2017 CAASPP Paper-based Test Results

2017 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

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Program Background  | CAASPP Reports

Signed into law in October 2013, Assembly Bill 484 established the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System on January 1, 2014. CAASPP replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, which became inoperative on July 1, 2014.

For 2017, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System includes the following assessments:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments—for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics
  • California Alternate Assessments—for ELA and mathematics
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish—reading/language arts (RLA)

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are comprehensive end-of-year assessments of grade-level learning that measure progress toward college and career readiness. Each test, ELA and mathematics, consists of two parts— a computer adaptive test and a performance task—administered within a selected testing window available at 66 percent of the instructional year for grades three through eight and grade eleven.

The summative assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for 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.

California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

The California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) are online tests for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) that designate the use of an alternate assessment to measure student progress on alternate achievement standards. The CAAs use alternate achievement standards, called Core Content Connectors (“Connectors”), to make the test more accessible for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The CAAs are administered to each student individually. CAA items and tasks represent three different levels of complexity, and students' responses to the first set of test questions determine the complexity of the items that follow.

Visit the California Alternate Assessments Web page for more information and resources intended for parents about the CAAs, including sample questions and a parent brochure.


Paper-pencil Tests

Standards-based Tests in Spanish (Optional)

The Standards-based Tests in Spanish for Reading Language Arts (STS for RLA) consists of multiple-choice tests in Spanish that assess RLA in grades two through eleven. Local educational 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 at the middle of the testing window.

For more information, visit the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System web page.