Each spring, students in Irvine Unified School District participate in statewide assessments to provide information about their skills in English language arts/literacy, mathematics, science, and physical fitness. In IUSD, we see these assessments as an academic checkup. Like class assignments and report cards, these assessments provide one piece of information about student progress toward college and career readiness. Statewide assessment results should always be interpreted as one of multiple measures of a student's skills.
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Video About CAASPP ASSESSMENTS
SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENTS (SBAC)
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) includes the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) in English-language arts/literacy and mathematics for students in grades 3-8 and 11. The assessments use computer adaptive technology to provide more accurate information about student performance.
- Smarter Balanced Assessment Frequently Asked Questions
- A Note from IUSD About Your Student's Score Report
- Parent Guide to Understanding the Smarter Balanced Assessments
- Summary of IUSD's 2017 Smarter Balanced Results
This one-page infographic summarizes IUSD's performance on the Smarter Balanced ELA/literacy and mathematics assessments in 2017.
- Scores for Schools, Districts, and Counties
The California Department of Education website provides CAASPP scores by school, district, county, and state.
For additional information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, including assessment blueprints, information about achievement levels, and other resources please visit the California Department of Education website at the following link: Smarter Balanced Assessment System - California Department of Education.
CALIFORNIA SCIENCE TEST (CAST)
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) also includes a summative science assessment in grades 5, 8, and high school*. In the spring of 2017 students participated in a pilot of the California Science Test (CAST), an online test based on the Next Generation Science Standards. This pilot test replaced the old California Standards Test, or CST. The purpose of the pilot was to try out newly developed item types and test system functionality. Essentially, the pilot was a ‘test of the test’ and not a test of student performance. In the spring of 2018, students will participate in a field test designed to provide additional information about test items and shape the final assessment. No scores will be reported for the CAST until it becomes operational in 2018-19.
*The state assigned a specific grade level to each high school (either 10th, 11th, or 12th grade) to participate in the CAST pilot. Please see the CAASPP website for high school grade assignments.
- Accessing the CAST Training Test
A Training Test is available to familiarize educators, students, and parents with the look and feel of the new test. Please note that while the Training Test includes content for every grade level, the pilot test will only include content for a student's current grade level. A Scoring Guide is also available that includes correct responses for items on the Training Test.
- California Science Test (CAST) Pilot Fact Sheet
- Parent Guide to Understanding the California Science Test
CALIFORNIA ALTERNATE ASSESSMENTS (CAA)
The California Alternate Assessments (CAA) for ELA/literacy, mathematics, and science are designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities. These assessments are also part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system. The goal of the CAAs is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for postsecondary options.
In the spring of 2017, eligible students in grades 5, 8, and high school participated in the CAA for science pilot, which replaced the CAPA for science. This pilot was a ‘test of the test’, and not a test of student performance. No scores will be reported for the CAA for science until it becomes operational in 2019-20.
English Language Arts / Mathematics
Eligible students in grades 3 - 8 and 11 participate in the CAAs for ELA and mathematics, which replaced the CAPA for ELA and math. These computer-based assessments are delivered one-on-one by a trained test examiner familiar to the student.
- California Alternate Assessment Frequently Asked Questions
- Parent Guide to Understanding the California Alternate Assessments
- Understanding the California Alternate Assessment Student Score Report
This 5-minute video provides information about how to read your child's 2016-17 score report.
For additional information about the CAAs, including information about test content and guidelines for determining whether the CAA is the most appropriate assessment for a student, please visit the California Department of Education website at the following link: California Alternate Assessment - California Department of Education.
PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST (PFT)
Each spring, students in grades 5, 7, and 9 participate in the California Physical Fitness Test (PFT). The physical fitness test used in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM, a comprehensive health-related physical fitness assessment. The purpose of the PFT is to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity.
For additional information about the Physical Fitness Test, including test options, information about healthy fitness zones, and other resources please visit the California Department of Education website at the following link: Physical Fitness Test - California Department of Education.
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
This annual language assessment is required for students identified as English Learners as a way to measure a student's progress toward English language proficiency. For additional information, please see the Language Development Program page.
- CSU Graduation Initiative Data Website
This site provides information for each high school about student preparation, enrollment, and degree completion at California State Universities.
- California PTA website
California’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) website provides resources for parents on a variety of topics, including information about understanding and interpreting your child’s state assessment results.
- California Department of Education CAASPP
California Department of Education’s CAASPP website includes additional information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, California Alternate Assessments, and California Science Tests.
RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS
- Understanding Proficiency: Learning from Student Work on Performance Tasks
This website explores student work on Smarter Balanced performance tasks to develop a deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards. Tools include sample student responses to performance task items (including both scored and unscored responses and samples from English Learners), scores with annotations by educators, and tools and videos to support professional learning.
- CAASPP Teacher Guides
These guides provide information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments in ELA/literacy and mathematics, including examples of the range and types of items that appear on the assessments. Guides are organized by grade spans to highlight changes in expectations as students move through grade levels.