Information for Families

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    CAASPP logo   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is California's end-of-year state assessments comprising of computer-adaptive and performance task item types.  This page has been designed to provide information to parents and families about the CAASPP.  

Smarter Balanced Assessment

  • The CAASPP English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics test that is offered by Smarter Balanced is administered to students in grade 3- 8 and 11.  It is a computer-based assessment that provides more accurate results than traditional paper-based assessments. Watch the video below to get a student's perspective of the Smarter Balanced test.  This video was produced by the Riverside Unified School District. 

     
    There are two parts to the ELA and math assessments:
     
    • Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) capitalizes on precision and efficiency, adjusting the difficulty of questions for a more accurate measurement of the students ability.  
    • The Performance Task (PT) is used to measure capacities such as depth of understanding, research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed using other item types. 
     
     

    Test/Grades

    Subject

    Testing Window

    Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)/ Grades 3 – 8 & 11
    English Language Arts (ELA) CAT & PT
    04/22/2019 - 05/31/2019  (contact the school for the testing dates) 
    Math CAT & PT
     
    Parent Guides: These grade-span Parent Guide to Understanding the Smarter Balanced summative assessment provide an overview of the CAASPP ELA and math assessment and include sample questions to help understand the areas students are assessed on:
     
     
    Early Assessment Program (EAP):  
    Grade 11 students are provided the opportunity to use ELA and math results to exempt them from taking CSU and CCC placement tests and move directly into college-level courses upon enrollment.  To learn more about this, go to the San Juan Early Assessment Program webpage. 

     

    Practice & Training Tests: 
    We encourage you to take the practice/training tests with your child to see the different types of test items. Click here and log in as a "Guest".  Other ways to help prepare your child:  Preparing and Supporting Your Child (PDF).

     
     
     
    Embedded Supports:  
    A number of supports have been made specifically available for students with special needs and for English Learners, while other tools can be utilized by all students.  To access information about the supports, click here
     

Science Assessment

  • The science assessment is administered to all students in grades 5, 8 and 12.

    Test/ Grades

    Subject

    Testing Window

    California Science Assessment (CAST)
    Grades 5, 8 & 12
    Computer-based assessment
    03/25/2019 - 04/12/2019 for CAST
    (contact the school for specific testing dates)
    California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science
    Grades 5, 8 & 12
    3 domain specific Computer-based assessments 
    01/08/2019 - 05/31/2019 for CAA in Science
     

Alternate Assessment

  • The California Alternate Assessments (Cal-Alt) are assessments designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities and who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that specifies administration of the alternate assessment.  

    The CAA in ELA and math is designed for students in grades 3 - 8 and 11.  The test utilizes computer-based technology for registration and
    administration and has been designed to be stage adaptive, adjusting to the student's performance at selected points in the administration.   
     
    The CAA in Science are 3 domain specific paper-based instructionally-embedded performance tasks designed for students in grades 5, 8 and 12.   The tests are administered one on one by the student's primary credentialed teacher.  

     

    Test/Grades

    Subject

    Testing Window

    California Alternate Assessment (CAA)
    English Language Arts (ELA)
    Grade 3 - 8 & 11 
    04/22/2019 - 05/31/2019
    Math
    Grade 3 - 8 & 11  
    Science
    Grade 5, 8 & HS 
    01/08/2019 - 05/31/2019
     
     
     
    CAA ELA/Math Training Test:  Try out the alternate assessment.  First, access the ELA/math CAA training guide, which contains directions and specific scripts that accompany the training test.  Next, click here and sign in as a "Guest" to the California Alternate Assessment training test.
  • SJUSD 2018-2019 CAASPP TESTING WINDOW*

     

     

    Test/ Grades

    Test Type

    Testing Window

    English Language Arts (ELA)

    Grades 3 – 8 & 11

    Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

    Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) & Performance Task (PT)

    04/22/2019 - 05/31/2019

    California Alternate Assessment (CAA)

    Computer-based assessment

    Mathematics

    Grades 3 – 8 & 11

    Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

    Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) & Performance Task (PT)

    04/22/2019 - 05/31/2019

    California Alternate Assessment (CAA)

    Computer-based assessment

    Science 

    Grades 5, 8 & HS

    California Science Assessment (CAST)

    California Alternate Assessment for Science (CAA)

    Computer-based assessment

    03/25/19 - 04/12/2019 for CAST

    01/08/2019 - 05/31/2019 for CAA

       * Contact individual schools for exact test administration dates and times. 
     

     

Last Modified on February 21, 2019