Latest News and Tips for the CAASPP Administration

  1. California teachers are invited to contribute their expertise to the test development process. Fill out an online application to be considered for CAASPP review activities. (Posted 7/21/16.)
  2. Educational Testing Service (ETS) with the California Department of Education will conduct a series of in-person Summer Hand Scoring Workshops for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. In this one-day workshop, ETS content specialists will facilitate and train workshop attendees on the effective use of rubrics and other Smarter Balanced materials used to score constructed responses and performance tasks for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Smarter Balanced assessments. Interested educators may register by completing the online registration form. (Posted 7/13/16.)
  3. The preliminary test results for the 2015–16 Smarter Balanced Online Summative Assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics are now available in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Online Reporting System (ORS) and Test Operations Management System (TOMS). Please keep in mind that these results are partial and may not be a good representation of your local educational agency’s or school’s final aggregate results and are, therefore, not appropriate for public release. Quick Start Guides are available on the Reports and Reporting Web page. See the e-mail sent on May 2, 2016, for additional information. (Posted 5/10/16.)
  4. All local educational agencies (LEAs) must verify that their California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) data are up to date for all students as soon as possible. This will ensure that all aggregate summary data will accurately reflect the student population on the CAASPP public reporting Web site. Starting on April 27, 2016, Educational Testing Service will create a “snapshot” of each LEA’s demographic data on the date the LEA’s selected testing window closes. (Posted 5/10/16.)

California Testing in 2015–16

California local educational agency (LEA) testing coordinators can use this Web site to find helpful information, instructions, training, forms, and external links for the 2015–16 test administration.

LEAs are administering three types of tests in 2015–16:

Smarter Balanced Tests:
  • English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven
California Alternate Assessments
  • Tests in English–language arts and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven
Paper-pencil tests:
  • California Standards Tests (CSTs) for Science—grades five, eight, and ten
  • California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science—grades five, eight, and ten who meet the eligibility requirements to take this instead of a CST for Science
  • California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science—grades five, eight, and ten who meet the CAPA requirements
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts—grades two through eleven (optional)