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 a 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 Science Test (CAST) for Science for grades 5, 8, and 10 or 11.
- California Spanish Assessment (CSA), which allows students in grades 3-8 and high school to demonstrate their competency in Spanish reading/language arts. The CSA is for students receiving instruction in Spanish.
Please visit the CAASPP Starting Smarter website for more information.