About 2017 CAASPP

The 2017 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System includes online and paper-based summative assessments:

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

Online Summative Assessments

Smarter Balanced

The summative assessments are comprehensive, end-of-year assessments of grade-level learning that measure progress toward college and career readiness. Each test in 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 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 (CCSS) 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, called Core Content Connectors ("Connectors"). The Connectors 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. Students' responses to the first set of test questions determine the complexity of the items that follow.

Visit the CDE CAASPP System 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 (STS) Optional

The STS for Reading/Language Arts (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 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 after April 15, 2016.

CAASPP Reporting Subgroups

Reports are available for all CAASPP assessments at the state, county, school district, and school levels for "All Students" and disaggregated for subgroups of students on the basis of the following criteria:

  • All Students
  • Disability Status*
    • Students with No Reported Disability
    • Students with Reported Disability
  • Economic Status
    • Economically Disadvantaged
    • Not Economically Disadvantaged
  • English-Language Fluency
    • Fluent-English Proficient and English Only
    • Initially Fluent English Proficient (IFEP)
    • Reclassified-Fluent English Proficient (RFEP)
    • English Learner or Reclassified-Fluent English Proficient (Ever EL)
    • English-Language To Be Determined (TBD)
    • English Learners Enrolled in School in the United States less than 12 months
    • English Learners Enrolled in School in the United States 12 months or more
    • English Learner (EL)
    • English Only
  • Ethnicity
    • Black or African American
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Asian
    • Filipino
    • Hispanic or Latino
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • White
    • Two or more races
  • Gender
    • Male
    • Female
  • Parent Education
    • Not a High School Graduate
    • High School Graduate
    • Some College (includes AA degree)
    • College Graduate
    • Graduate School /Postgraduate
    • Declined to State
  • Migrant
    • Migrant Education
  • Ethnicity for Economically Disadvantaged**
    • Black or African American
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Asian
    • Filipino
    • Hispanic or Latino
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • White
    • Two or more races
  • Ethnicity for Not Economically Disadvantaged**
    • Black or African American
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Asian
    • Filipino
    • Hispanic or Latino
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • White
    • Two or more races

* Not applicable to CAA
** Not applicable to STS