Following a hiatus due to COVID-19 impacts, the California Department of Education is again requiring public schools to administer the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) as a way to evaluate student learning. Students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests in English language arts and math; students in grades 5,8 and once during 10th, 11th or 12th grade will take the California Science Test (CAST); and students in Special Education who have been designated will take the California Alternative Assessment (CAA) in the same grade levels as the SBAC.
The re-implementation of the annual state assessment will aid in monitoring student progress and needs to ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and careers. The assessments will be shorter than previous years and will be computer adaptive tests that adjust depending upon a student’s answers to better reflect that student’s knowledge and experience.
The testing window is already in progress and will conclude on June 3. Families and students will be notified by their school site about assessment dates. Individual score reports will be made available through Q-Parent Connect in the fall.