The California Department of Education recently moved away from the fourteen-year-old Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests, which measured students’ mastery of the California State Standards.
The new assessment program is called California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP. It is made up, primarily, of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) online assessments as well as Science assessments in grade 5 and 8. California Alternative Assessment (CAA) is an evaluation tool used for students with severe disabilities.
Each item within SBAC are organized by Claims and Targets that help communicate a student's proficiency. The Claim is a broad statement that outlines the outcomes of achievement towards the Common Core State Standards. Each claim consists of several learning targets that better clarify specific skills that align to a cluster of standards.
Parent Guide to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments
SBAC Claims, Targets, and Standards listed below
Testing occurs in Language Arts and Math for our grade 3-8 students. The test is completed online and is computer adaptive—the difficulty of the exam tailors itself to students' abilities.
The assessment is made up of traditional test items, where students select correct answers, and items where students have to type in constructed responses. There also will be extended writing prompts and performance tasks that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to real-world problems.
During the 2017-2018 school year, students took the Smarter Balanced Assessment online for the 3rd year (for students in grade 3-8).
Understanding Score Report