By Chief Director of Assessments, Research and CALPADs, Lindi Dreibelbis
There have been many changes in the landscape of state testing in the last few years and this year is no exception. The California Student Performance and Progress System, known as CAASPP, is the umbrella under which all state assessments fall. It is very important for our schools that each student participate in state testing. Student scores are used to guide our instructional programs and provide individual students with targeted support. The results are also an essential component of state accountability, which lead to La Canada’s top performance.
This year, students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) summative tests in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. New this year is the pilot test, called the California Science Test (CAST), based on the California Next Generation Science Standards. This assessment will be administered to students in grades 5, 8 and 11. Students will not receive results for the CAST pilot, however, student participation data will be collected and reported for accountability purposes.
For any students whose disability prevents them from taking the SBAC summative tests and the CAST, the California Alternative Assessments (CAAs) are available. These are designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose individual education plan (IEP) team has designated alternative assessments. They are available in ELA, math and science.
All tests are now delivered through a special browser on a computer rather than the pencil/paper tests of the past. This platform produces more fair and accurate estimates of each student’s achievement. Universal tools, designated supports and accommodations are also available for students to use during testing based on their needs.
The state assessments will take place in the month of April. More information will be forthcoming from the school sites regarding when specific grade levels will be tested. Students’ SBAC results will be mailed home in August. We wish our students the best and look forward to a positive assessment opportunity.