Student Assessment (CAASPP)

California's adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) brings radical change to the way we prepare our students for college and career -- and this requires change in the way our learners are assessed. To ensure our students are evaluated according to the latest educational standards, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program.

The centerpiece of CAASPP is the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing, which is administered in grades 3-8 and 11. However, SBAC covers only English Language Arts and Mathematics, and is not appropriate for all learners. Therefore, several other tests are also included under the CAASPP umbrella:
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAA), which replaces SBAC for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
  • California Standards Tests (CSTs) for Science for grades 5, 8 and 10.
  • California Modified Assessment (CMA), which replaces the Science CST for students who have Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs).
  • California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), which replaces the Science CST for students who are also unable to take the CMA.
  • Standards-Based Tests in Spanish (STS), which allows certain English Learners in grades 2-11 to demonstrate their content knowledge in their primary language. The STS is optional, and does not replace SBAC.