2015-16 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

Palo Alto Unified Students Outperform Peers on Statewide Assessment Results 

Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) students continue to outperform their peers from Santa Clara County and throughout California in state assessments, according to data released this week by the California Department of Education (CDE). Read further.

 

Spring 2016 CAASPP Results Expected to Be Mailed Out in September

Last spring, students across the state in grades 3-8 and 11 took part in the 2016 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which included computer-adaptive tests for English–Language Arts and Mathematics.  These tests, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), assess the Common Core State Standards. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 also participated in CAASPP by taking the paper-based tests for Science.

PAUSD expects to receive Student Score Reports in early September. In September, parents and guardians will be mailed individual student score reports for CAASPP, which will include detailed information about their child’s performance. An Infinite Campus message will be pushed out to parents and guardians as the CAASPP mailing process begins.  In the meantime, several resources are available now to aid parents and guardians as they learn more about the assessment system and interpret the reports:

Parent Resources for Understanding the 2015-16 Student Score Report

Need more information? Visit our Assessment page!

Past CAASPP Updates
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Nearly 7,000 Palo Alto Unified Students to Participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System

Nearly 7,000 Palo Alto Unified Students to Participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System

2015-16 CAASPP Results of Particular Significance for High School Juniors

This spring, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) students and all children throughout California will participate in the statewide assessment program, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These assessments in the CAASPP program provide information to parents, students, and teachers about the student’s progress and readiness for college and career.

Students in Grades 10 - 11

Students currently in 10th grade will participate in one of the following CAASPP tests:

·       California Standards Test (CST) for Science

·       California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science

·       California Alternate Performance Assessments (CAPA) for Science

Students currently in 11th grade will participate in the following CAASPP tests:

·       Smarter Balanced Assessments for ELA and mathematics or

·       California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics

Students who have a significant cognitive disability (as designated in their individualized education program) are eligible to take the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) in 11th grade or California Alternate Performance Assessments (CAPA) for Science in 10th grade.

The Smarter Balanced online assessments are based on the new California Content Standards, also known as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), for mathematics and ELA. High school juniors and their parents should note that participation is of particular significance this school year as results from this spring’s assessments will impact students in the following areas:

·       Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

In January of 2016, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved that results from the CAASPP assessments may be used to satisfy eligibility requirements to earn the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma, which recognizes graduates who have demonstrated mastery in specific subject areas. 

·       The State Seal of Biliteracy

This program recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing one or more languages in addition to English. To earn this seal, the student must earn a score of at least the “Standard Met” achievement level on the ELA/Literacy portion of the assessment and meet additional requirements for their second language.

·       California State University’s (CSU’s) Early Assessment Program (EAP) 

The CSU and participating California community colleges will use student results from this spring’s Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments as astudent’s EAP status in English and mathematics.

“As CAASP becomes California’s main tool to assess 21st century skills, results from this assessment continue to be a factor in other areas of student achievement,” explains Mr. Christopher Kolar, the school district’s director of research and assessment. “We know that our students will try their very best and we encourage them and their parents to be on the lookout for how results can help them continue to grow during their K-12 academic careers.”

Students in Grades 3 - 8

This year, students in grades 3-8 will participate in the following assessments for ELA and mathematics:

·       Smarter Balanced Assessments for ELA and mathematics or

·       California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics

Students in grades 5 and 8 will participate in one of the following assessments for science:

·       California Standards Test (CST) for Science

·       California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science

·       California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science

Students who have a significant cognitive disability (as designated in their individualized education program) are eligible to take the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) in 3 - 8th grade or California Alternate Performance Assessments (CAPA) for Science in 5th and 8th grade .

Smarter Balanced Assessments

While last year’s assessment results provided parents with baseline information on how their children were performing in ELA and mathematics, in 2016 parents of students in grades 4-8 will be able to compare results across two school years (2014–15 and 2015–16) and determine their children’s progress in meeting California’s rigorous academic standards. Only one year of data will be reported for students in grades 3 and 11 as this is the first time they will be participating. 

5, 8, and 10 Grade Assessments for Science

California has adopted new science standards and is currently developing assessments that are aligned with these standards. During the transition to new science assessments, students in grades five, eight, and ten will take the CST, CMA, or CAPA as identified above. For information about the content, types of questions, and other targeted resources for the science tests, or the new science assessments please see the California Department of Education's (CDE) CAASPP Science Assessment web page.

CAASPP/Smarter Balanced Resources for Parents

The CDE has developed several resources to help parents and students understand the grade expectations of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. Some of those resources include the Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessments and practice and training tests. If you would like more information about the CAASPP System or student participation, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE’s CAASPP web page and PAUSD’s Assessment web page.  

PAUSD students in grades 3-8 and 11 annually participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program. Results from this state assessment are intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and to ensure all students leave high school ready for college and future careers.  Education Code section 60615 states that parents/guardians may annually submit a written request to the principal of their student’s school to excuse their child from any or all parts of the CAASPP for the school year.  We encourage parents to contact their child’s principal with any questions they may have about the assessments.

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CAASPP 2015
 

Last spring, students across the state in grades 3-8 and 11 took part in the 2015 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which includes the new computer-based tests for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. These tests, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), assess California’s new Common Core Standards and replace the former Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program’s paper-based, multiple-choice California Standards Tests (CSTs) in ELA and Mathematics. Students in grade 5, 8, and 10 also participated in CAASPP by taking the paper-pencil science assessment. 

On September 9, 2015, the California Department of Education (CDE) posted statewide, county, district, and school level CAASPP reports for the 2015 spring administration on the CAASPP Reporting Web page at http://caaspp.cde.ca.gov.

In late September, PAUSD’s Research and Assessment department received printed CAASPP/SBAC results for students from the Spring 2015 administration.  The results will be mailed to student home addresses beginning the week of September 28th; we anticipate that they will start to arrive around October 1.  NOTE: Please do not contact your child’s school to request score information.  Neither the teachers nor the school office will be able to share student scores before they have been delivered by mail.

In the meantime, several resources linked below are available now to help parents and guardians interpret the reports.

Resources from the California Department of Education

From the California PTA

California PTA – This web site provides resources and information about the new Smarter Balanced assessments built to help students, parents, teachers, and school leaders know where students are on the path to success.