New Statewide Assessments are here
Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, the California Department of Education moved away from the 14-year-old Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests, which measured students’ mastery of the California State Standards.
The new assessment program is called California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP. It is made up, primarily, of the new Smarter Balanced online assessment of the Common Core Standards in Language Arts and Math. (This year, the assessment program also includes a California Standards Test in Science for grades 5 and 8, and a CAPA assessment for students with significant disabilities.)
The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be the new tool for statewide testing in Language Arts and Math for our grade 3-8 students. The test is designed to be done online and will be computer adaptive—the difficulty of the exam tailors itself to students' abilities.
The assessment is made up of traditional test items, where students select correct answers, and items where students have to type in constructed responses. There also will be an extended writing prompt.
During the 2013-14 school year, students took the Smarter Balanced Assessment as a Field Test. It was a “test of the test,” where all of our grade-3-through-8-students participated. No data was generated or returned to schools, because the purpose of the Field Test was to test things like item validity, technology infrastructure, and time constraints for administration.
During the 2014-15 school year, students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment online. This will be the first year that data will be reported at the state, district, and school level. The State of California is currently working on how this data will be reported and what it means for schools across the State.
Who is taking the State test?
All Campbell Union School District students in grades 3-8.
Will we get results from the State test?
Yes. This year, the CAASPP will be reporting student data to both parents and school districts.
More Statewide Assessment Information
District Assessments are local measures of student achievement
This year, we are using an online diagnostic assessment tool (iReady) to measure student growth and mastery of the Common Core Standards. Students will be assessed at different intervals throughout the year—fall, winter and spring—to measure growth and track progress towards meeting standards.
Your child’s teacher, or the School Principal, can tell you when these exams will take place.
Classroom Assessments are the heart of teaching and learning
How do teachers know when their students “get it?”
In every classroom, every day, our teachers use a variety of tools—multiple measures— to determine whether students are gaining the knowledge and skills expected of them.
Observations, class assignments, and tests tied to their lessons are just a few of the ways teachers and students gauge achievement every day.
Talk to your child’s teacher about the many ways to stay informed about your child’s progress throughout the year.