California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

  • NUSD Test Dates: Spring 2017: March 27th through May 11th
  • Test Subjects: English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science
  • Test Format: Computer-adaptive (on Google Chromebooks) for ELA, Math, and Science tests
  • Who Tests: Students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 for the ELA and Math; one CDE-selected grade level at each high school to participate in the CAST Pilot (California Science Test)
  • Fechas de las pruebas en NUSD: Primavera 2017: Desde 27 de marzo al 11 de mayo
  • Las pruebas de cursos: Artes del Lenguaje (ELA), Matemáticas, y Ciencia
  • Formato de prueba: Computadora –adaptiva (Google Chromebooks) para las pruebas de ELA, Matemáticas, y Ciencia
  • ¿Quién toma la prueba?: Estudiantes en grados 3 al 8 y grado 11 para ELA y Matemáticas; un nivel de grado será seleccionado en cada escuela preparatoria por CDE para participar en el Piloto de CAST (Prueba de Ciencia de California)

Una guía familiar para comprender el nuevo sistema de exámenes de California: Parte I: Evaluación del rendimiento y progreso de los estudiantes de California (CAASPP)

Preparación de los estudiantes para el éxito

The CAASPP system 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 career when they graduate from high school. Test results will help identify and address gaps in knowledge or skills early on so students get the support they need to be ready for success in higher grades.

Individual score reports will be sent home to parents by fall of 2017 and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English–language arts and mathematics, and other information.

Here is an example of the NEW student score report

What do these Achievement Levels and Claim Levels mean?

Reporting Achievement Level Descriptors and Claim Achievement Level Descriptors are available on the CDE website. The reporting achievement level descriptors provide brief descriptions of how a student performed in ELA and mathematics. The claim achievement level descriptors provide brief descriptions of how a student performed in key areas, also called claims, in ELA and mathematics.

Understanding CAASPP Student Score Reports

More on understanding student score reports from the California Department of Education 

The computer-adaptive ELA and math tests are not timed but they are estimated to take 3-4 hours per subject, for a total of 6-8 hours of testing.

If you have questions, start by talking to your teacher or principal, but remember that these new computer-adaptive assessments are new for teachers and principals as well as our students.  If you have technical questions about the test you can find many answers here.  If you have questions about curriculum and the Common Core State Standards, go here.