Each spring, students in Irvine Unified School District participate in statewide assessments to provide information about thier 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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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 and because the tests are taken online, information will be available to students, parents, teachers, schools and school districts on a timely basis.
- Smarter Balanced Assessment Frequently Asked Questions
- Parent Presentation Handout 2016
This document provides an overview of the Smarter Balanced test components and scoring and outlines key content from the PowerPoint below.
- PowerPoint version of the video below
- Summary of IUSD's 2016 Smarter Balanced Results
This one-page infographic summarizes IUSD's performance on the Smarter Balanced ELA/literacy and mathematics assessments in 2016.
- 2016 Scores for Schools, Districts, and Counties
The California Department of Education website provides 2016 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*. Students will not be taking the CST, CMA, or CAPA this year. They will instead participate in a pilot of the California Science Test (CAST), an online test based on the Next Generation Science Standards, with the exception of eligible students who will take the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science. This pilot is a ‘test of the test’, and not a test of student performance. As a result, no scores will be reported for the CAST or CAA for science this year.
*The state will assign 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.
A Training Test is available to familiarize educators, students, parents, and stakeholders with the look and feel of the new test. Please note that while the Training Test includes content for every grade level (with items aligned to the grade five, grade eight, and high school Next Generation Science Standards), the pilot test will only include content for a student’s current grade level. Click here for directions on how to access the Training Test. A Scoring Guide is also available that includes correct responses for items on the Training Test.
CALIFORNIA ALTERNATIVE 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.
English Language Arts / Mathematics
In the spring of 2016, eligible 3rd – 8th and 11th grade students participated in the first fully operational administration of the CAA for ELA and mathematics. These computer-based assessments replaced the CAPA for ELA and math.
In the spring of 2017, eligible students in grades 5, 8, and high school (10th, 11th, or 12th grade as assigned) will participate in the CAA for science pilot, which will replace the CAPA for science. This pilot is a ‘test of the test’, and not a test of student performance. As a result, no scores will be reported for the CAST or CAA for science this year.
For additional information about the CAA's, 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:
- 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.