In 2015, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) online tests were administered for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics to California students in grades three through eight as part of California’s membership in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. These assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in their respective content areas and are intended to measure student progress toward college and career readiness. Student test results are reported in the following overall achievement levels:
Each content area of the online assessments consists of a computer adaptive test (CAT) (also called a non–performance task [non-PT]) as well as a performance task (PT). Preliminary summary results are available online, in the secure Online Reporting System (ORS).
Results from the scores from the CAT and PT are combined to determine the scale score. However, because the CAT portions of the test are based on the specific test questions selected as a result of the students’ responses, resulting scores are not the sum of the number correctly answered.
Results for tests within the CAASPP System are used for two primary purposes:
More background information about the CAASPP System can be found on the CDE CAASPP System Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/.