California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

SMARTER BALANCED PRACTICE AND TRAINING TESTS

Click on the link below to access the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) training and practice tests for Test Administrators and Students.  Once you have clicked on the link, you will then need to choose "Test Administrator" or "Student" Practice and Training Tests.

http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html

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CALIFORNIA'S TESTING SYSTEM

This past spring, students from our district in grades 3-8 took part in the statewide administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program's Smarter Balanced assessments.  These computer based tests have replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) paper-based, multiple choice test. 

The scoring for these assessments are very different from those of the STAR tests.  The results from the CAASPP tests cannot be compared to the previous results of the STAR tests. The CAASPP score reports provide parents, schools and state with valuable information on student performance on the new academic standards.

The new CAASPP reports will provide information in a different format from the STAR:

1. Student scale scores will be based on a 1000-3000 scale

2. Four new achievement level bands

  • Standards Exceeded and Standards Met are considered proficient
  • Standards Nearly Met and Standards Not Met are considered non-proficient
  • To view achievement level bands for Language Arts and Mathematics - click here

3. Additional information on the areas that make up the student's overall scores

CAASPP SCORE REPORTS

The 2016-17 CAASPP reports for state, district and school levels are scheduled for public release in September.

 

CAASPP student score reports for parents have recently been made available by the state.  Student score reports will be sent home with students on Friday, August 11, 2017.


NEW SCIENCE TESTING SPRING 2017 - GR 5 & 8

The State of California is implementing new science standards that describe the things we want students to know and be able to do. These new standards help students to think and work like scientists and engineers - asking questions and learning using hands-on investigation and discovery. Working with science teachers, California is developing the California Science Test (CAST) that emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning. These new tests will be given in grades five, eight and high school. As partners in your child's education, we invite you to take a look at some sample test questions available in the new CAST Training Test at http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html.

It is important to remember that statewide tests cannot take the place of hands-on learning that is taking place in our schools. Experiments, in-class assignments, and tests designed by your child's teacher all play a part in gauging what students know. Statewide tests like the CAST are valuable because they represent a common yardstick - a way to measure the progress of all students at the same time in the same way.

We are excited about the new science standards and the role CAST will play in helping our students reach their potential and prepare for the future!

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For additional information on the student score reports or on the Smarter Balanced test, please click on the links below.

Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report

Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessments - Grades 3-5

Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessments - Grade 6-8

CHARACTERISTICS OF TOP PERFORMING STUDENTS

Mountain View School District is proud to have students who earned perfect scores in one or more areas of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Test.  The attachment below is a summary of the parents who participated in a survey.

 

Characteristics of Top Performing Students