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CAASPP/SBAC Testing Resources

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress System:

The CAASPP System is intended to provide parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning. Because the Smarter Balanced Assessments, which are administered as part of the CAASPP System, are computer adaptive, these Assessments will also provide better information about the needs and success of individual students.
"Academic Check-Up", USCCF Education and Workforce
An academic check-up, tests are an important part of California's plan for high-quality teaching and learning, which seeks to help all students graduate prepared for college-level coursework and a 21st-century career. Like class assignments and report cards, assessments are one gauge of student progress, providing information to schools, teachers, and parents about how students performed against California's challenging new goals for learning. 
 - California Department of Education 

The Score Report:

What do the Score Reports mean for parents and students and how should we interpret them? Here is a sample of a CAASPP Score Report Form. As you will see, your student will receive three scores: On the front page is the Overall Score, where your student is scored as Standard Not Met, Standard Nearly Met, Standard Met, or Standard Exceeded.  On the back of the report, you will find that your student also received a score specifically for their abilities in either Reading, Writing, Listening, Research/Inquiry, Problem Solving, Concepts and Procedures, and Communicating Reasoning. This is a look at how students did specifically in these areas. Finally, your student will receive a score for their Early Assessment Program Status. This score tells parents whether or not a student is ready for college-level English and math.

Entendiendo el Reporte de Calificaciones Individual de CAASPP del Estudiante: Please visit this link to view the video in Spanish.

Score Report Resources:

Test Score Guide

Smarter Balanced Assessments

California is now using the Smarter Balanced Assessments Consortium (SBAC) as the end-of-the-year indicator of students' level of proficiency and knowledge.  In order to prepare students for these assessments, our curriculum is focused on the expectations of the CCSS, and our assessments are designed to model the types of questions and experiences they will encounter on the SBAC assessment. 

In April of  2015, juniors on all of our campuses took part in this new assessment. Their scores will count toward their Early Assessment Program (EAP) status, the measurement that California State and University of California schools use as an indicator of college readiness in English and math. 

Throughout this site you will find information for parents and students about what assessments will look like, how they will assess students' knowledge and skills, and useful tools for how to help students outside of the classroom.

SBAC Resources:

Sample Items (Questions) website

College Readiness:
When 11th graders take the 11th grade SBAC Summative Assessment, they are participating in the Early Assessment Program (EAP). Their score report will include information regarding their level of readiness for college level English and math courses.
Early Assessment Program Resources:

Your Pathway to College Readiness

Your Guide to College Readiness

Overview of the Assessments

Smarter Balanced assessments will be computer-adaptive so that they are more precise and more efficient and reliable assessments than previous years' assessments  The SBAC has outlined why and how their assessments are an improvement upon the traditional paper and pencil method:

 Better information for teachers: Optional computer adaptive interim assessments will provide a more detailed picture of where students excel or need additional support, helping teachers to differentiate instruction. The interim assessments will be reported on the same scale as the summative assessment, and schools will have the flexibility to assess small elements of content or the full breadth of the Common Core State Standards at locally-determined times throughout the year.

  • More efficient and more secure: Computer adaptive tests are typically shorter than paper-and-pencil assessments because fewer questions are required to accurately determine each student’s achievement level. The assessments draw from a large bank of questions, and since students receive different questions based on their responses, test items are more secure and can be used for a longer period of time.

  • More accurate: CAT offers teachers and schools a more accurate way to evaluate student achievement, readiness for college and careers, and to measure growth over time.

For a brief and insightful overview of the assessments, please see the Smarter Balanced Parents Fact Sheet (English) / the Smarter Balanced Parents Fact Sheet (Spanish)

CA Dept. of Education has provided this site for parents interested in seeing the practice and training tests to hep prepare students.​

What Is Computer-Adaptive?

 A computer-adaptive test means that tests adapt to meet the skills and knowledge level of the student taking the assessment. As a student progresses through the test, answering questions correctly or incorrectly, the computer supplies new questions to refine where the student is on the spectrum of skill and knowledge proficiency. Rather than an all-or-nothing approach, this model more accurately reflects what students know and can do.

Sample Test Items and Question Types

This comprehensive approach to assessment requires that students be able to present knowledge in a variety of ways to demonstrate understanding and mastery of knowledge. Smarter Balanced has released sample questions and question types to provide parents with an understanding of how their students will be assessed.  The following describes the types of questions students will encounter:

  • Selected-response items prompt students to select one or more responses for a set of options.

  • Technology-enhanced items take advantage of computer-based administration to assess a deeper understanding of content and skills than would otherwise be possible with traditional item types. Technology-enhanced items capitalize on technology to collect evidence through a non-traditional response type, such as editing text or drawing an object. Selected-response and technology-enhanced items can be scored automatically.

  • Constructed-response items prompt students to produce a text or numerical response in order to collect evidence about their knowledge or understanding of a given assessment target.

  • Performance tasks measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards—a key component of college and career readiness. Performance tasks will be used to better measure capacities such as depth of understanding, research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with selected- or constructed-response items. 

Resources for Parents and Students:
Additional Resources for Parents of Special Education Students:

The following links are for parents as they assist students in preparing for the CAASPP assessments:

For our Students with Special Needs, Smarter Balanced has published  the Accessibility and Accommodations Fact Sheet (English). This is brief overview of how the SBAC plans to meet the needs of all students. Accessibility and Accommodations Fact Sheet (Spanish)

Recursos en Español:
  • Hoja informativa para los padres - Explica las principales características del sistema de evaluación de Smarter Balanced  más relevantes para los padres y familias.