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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
California Science Test (CAST)
Resources for Families
 
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and are able to do and whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or a career when they graduate from high school. These tests were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in mathematics and English language arts/literacy as they develop – grade by grade – the skills called for by the standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically and solve problems. Teachers, business leaders and public colleges and universities all support these long-term learning goals, because they reflect what students need to be prepared for the career and college experiences that await them. At CVCHS, our goal is for all students to achieve their full potential. The Smarter Balanced tests are just one way that we are able to better understand if we are meeting that goal. 
 
EACH SPRING, STUDENTS TAKE THE FOLLOWING ASSESSMENTS
GRADE 11 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics OR California Alternate Assessments (CAA- *Available for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities if the CAA is designated in their active individualized education program.)
 
  • April 16th- April 20th- Testing Window for CAASPP Mathamatics Assessments for 11th Graders
  • April 23rd- April 27th- Testing Window CAASPP English Language Arts Assessments for 11th Graders
 
GRADE 12 California Science Test (CAST) OR California Alternate Assessment (CAA for Science *Available for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities if the CAA is designated in their active individualized education program.)
 
  • April 23rd- April 27th- Testing Window for California Science Test for 12th Graders
 
UNDERSTAND THE ASSESSMENTS
The Parent Guides to Understanding provide answers to key questions such as who takes the assessments and why, and when and how they are administered.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT YOUR CHILD’S SCORE MEANS
Using the Test Score Guide Web page, you can select your child’s grade and their score in English language arts/literacy or mathematics and see sample test questions. You can also find more information about what your child should know and be able to do in different grade levels at: http://www.testscoreguide.org/ca/sample/
 
HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD?
Practice tests are available for parents and students. Practice tests are a great way to preview the test, view sample questions, and practice with the tools and resources (e.g., highlighter, calculator). Practice Tests are available here: https://login1.cloud1.tds.airast.org/student/V251/Pages/LoginShell.aspx?c=California_PT 
 
 
UNDERSTAND YOUR CHILD’S SCORE REPORT
Two-page summaries and videos are available online in English and Spanish to help you better understand the information on your child’s Student Score Report, including their overall score and their individual scores in each subject area. Summaries:
 
 
 
 
 
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17–18 Notice of CAASPP Administration: Statewide Testing Annual Notification

California students take several mandated statewide tests. These tests provide parents/guardians, teachers, and educators with information about how well students are learning and becoming college and career ready. The test results may be used for local, state, and federal accountability purposes.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

 

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Assessments

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) computer adaptive assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests are administered in grades three through eight and grade eleven to measure whether students are on track to college and career readiness. In grade eleven, results from the ELA and math assessments can be used as an indicator of college readiness.

 

California Science Tests (CAST)

The new, computer-based CAST measures student acquisition of the California Next Generation Science Standards. It is administered in grades five and eight, and once in high school. The new computer-based CAST replaces the California Standards Tests (CST) for Science.

 

California Alternate Assessments (CAA)

The computer-based CAA for ELA and CAA for mathematics is administered to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in grades three through eight and grade eleven. Test items are aligned with the CCSS and are based on the Core Content Connectors. The instructionally embedded CAA for Science is administered in grades five and eight, and once in high school.

 

Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts

California offers the optional STS for Reading/Language Arts, which are multiple-choice tests that allow Spanish-speaking English learners to demonstrate their knowledge of the California content standards. The California Spanish Assessment (CSA) will replace the optional STS. The CSA will be a computer-based assessment that is aligned with the California CCSS en Español.

 

Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60615, parents/guardians may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse their child from any or all of the CAASPP assessments.

 

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California

California will transition from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) in 2017–18. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It consists of two separate English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners and the other for the annual summative assessment to identify students’ English language proficiency level and to measure their progress in learning English.

 

Physical Fitness Test

The physical fitness test (PFT) for students in California schools is the FitnessGram®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting lifelong habits of regular physical activity. Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test.

 

California Department of Education | January 2018

During the weeks of April 16th- April 27th CVCHS will have a special schedule to accommodate testing. The testing schedule is located below: