California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
- Math Grades 3 - 8, 11 Smarter Balance, online test
- Reading Grades 3 - 8, 11 Smarter Balance, online test
- Science Grades 5, 8 & 12 CAST Science, online test
- There are many intrinsic and extrinsic benefits and rewards derived from graduating from a top-ranked public high school, including access to top-ranked, prestigious universities.
- Students must earn a score of 3 - “Standard met” or higher to be eligible for the Seal of Biliteracy
- Students may use CAASPP results to determine a placement into math and English courses at the California State University and participating CA community colleges. For more information about the Early Assessment Program (EAP), visit www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/hs/eapindex.asp.
- The test is closely aligned with the Common Core and assesses what students learn and practice daily in their classes, including critical thinking, problem-solving, application and analysis.
- Test results help schools understand what skills our students are learning so we can strengthen and improve our instructional program.
- Test results are reflected in the California School Dashboard Report, the state’s system for measuring the quality of California schools. Colleges and universities assess the quality of a high school in part by a school’s dashboard results.
- Federal grants and funding, as well as federal accountability, is tied to a school’s ability to demonstrate that a minimum of 95% of eligible students participated in the CAASPP.
- To earn a State Seal of Biliteracy:
- Earning a score of at or above the “standard met” achievement level is one element in earning the Seal of Biliteracy. In previous years, a number of MVLA students did not earn the Seal of Biliteracy because they did not take the SBAC. Here is more information from CDE about the Seal of Biliteracy: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/sealofbiliteracy.asp
Student Participation: Students with significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments even with accessibility supports and whose individualized education program (IEP) indicates eligibility for assessment with an alternate test.
Student Participation: All students in grade 11 are required to participate with the following exceptions:
- Students who participate in the alternate assessments.
- ELA only—English learners who are in their first 12 months of attending a school in the United States.
Student Participation: The STS is a primary language test in Spanish for Spanish-speaking English learners who either receive instruction in their primary language or have been enrolled in a school in the United States less than 12 months. The STS is administered at the discretion of the local educational agency. Therefore, it is considered an optional assessment.