New State Academic Assessments
The primary purpose of state testing is to provide parents and students with accurate information about how well students are learning. Teachers also want to know what students know so they
can adjust their instruction. Like class assignments and report cards,
tests provide one more way to monitor student progress.
Last spring, district students in grades three through eight and eleven took the new computer-based tests during the first state-wide administration of the CAASPP
. Click here
for more information on understanding the score reports.
Test scores will be reported in September
Parents will receive a report on the results of their child’s tests in September. Reports will include an overall score, a description of their child’s achievement level in English language arts and mathematics and other information. Paired with school report cards, these assessment reports should give parents a clear understanding of their children’s academic strengths and challenges. Watch a video
that will help you understand the results of your child's report.
Results can’t be compared to earlier state assessments
The new scores have no relation to scores under the old testing system. First off, the scores go from 2000 to 3000, where the old measures stopped at 600. More importantly, students were tested in a fundamentally different way, on different standards, Rather, this year's results will establish a new starting point for the progress students are expected to make over time.
The new tests were fundamentally different from the old tests:
What results can we expect?
Expect lower scores when the results come out for this next generation of testing. The new standards and tests are a big adjustment. It’s only natural the first year’s scores will leave lots of room for improvement. It is likely scores will decline for most, if not all, students and fewer students will score at the higher achievement levels on the new assessments, especially in the first few years. Students, parents and teachers should not be discouraged or overly concerned by a decline in scores. A drop in test scores does not mean students are sliding backwards or learning less. Rather, the test results will be just one measurement of
how students are doing in school and how well they are meeting the higher expectations.
MVUSD will not use the results to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade level or in what classes they will be placed.
State assessments are just one measure
This year's test results should be looked at in context along with other metrics—including other district assessments, report card grades, and portfolios of student work—to determine how well students are learning. Patience and persistence will be required to ensure a
successful transition to the more challenging standards in our schools.
The CAASPP System encompasses the following components:
- California is part of the Smarter Balanced Assessments Consortium, or SBAC (pronounced S-back), testing system in which computers adapt questions based on how well the student answered the previous question.
- Federally-required science assessments - California Standards Tests, [CST], California Modified Assessment [CMA], and California Alternate Performance Assessment [CAPA] for students in grades 5, 8, and 10.
- California Alternate Performance Assessment [CAPA] for ELA and mathematics for special education student in grades two through eleven if noted in the IEP
- Early Assessment Program [EAP] in ELA and mathematics for students in grade 11 is now a part of the Smarter Balanced Assessments. The EAP provides important information as to whether
students are college ready. Students will receive a college readiness status of
either “Ready”, “Conditionally Ready”, or “Not Ready,” based on this test. Students who receive a status of “Ready” or
“Conditionally Ready,” will be able to avoid taking college entrance exams and
remedial classes in college.
For more information, visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP Web page.