State Assessment of Student Progress
The assessments that comprise the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASSPP) administration include both computer-based and paper-pencil assessments. The computer-based assessments are the Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests. The paper-pencil assessments include the science assessments - the California Standards Tests (CST's) for Science, the California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science, and California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science - and the optional Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts (RLA).
In California, most students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will participate in the annual Smarter Balanced tests, which include both ELA and mathematics content areas. These tests are administered online. A student may be exempted from taking the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in three situations:
- If the student is taking the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs);
- If the student has been designated as an English learner of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment; or
- If the parent has expressed in writing that his or her student should be excluded from taking the Summative Assessments.
California Alternate Assessments
The California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts and mathematics tests are individually administered to students in grades three through eight and grade eleven who have an individualized education program (IEP) that indidcates the use of an alternate assessment on statewide assessments and who has a significant cognitive disability. All eligible students are required to participate in these new, online assessments in spring each year.
Help your children prepare for testing
Parents can help by making sure their children attend school on testing dates (unless ill) and by
sending them to school on time, with a good breakfast, a calm morning at home,
and a good night's rest.