The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System was established on January 1, 2014. The CAASPP System replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The CAASPP System is intended to provide parents/guardians, educators, and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning. The Smarter Balanced Assessments, which are administered as part of the CAASPP System, are computer adaptive; these assessments are aligned with Common Core State Standards and provide information about the academic needs and successes of individual students.
How is SBAC different than the previous California Standards Tests (CSTs)?
- SBAC measures achievement and growth in English language arts and mathematics in grades 3 -8 and grade 11.
- SBAC is administered online in an interactive, adaptive format, which means that questions get harder or easier as students get more answers right or wrong.
- Assessments include multiple choice questions, written response (constructed response), and performance tasks to measure critical thinking and problem solving skills.
What is a performance task?
- Collection of questions and activities that are connected to a single theme or scenario.
- Require students to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems.
- Measure depth of understanding, research skills, and complex analysis.
How can parents/guardians help?
- Watch the practice test video below.
- Take the online practice test to gain an understanding of what your student will be asked to do.
- View the Smarter Balanced resources on the right side of the page
CAASPP testing for Romoland School District students in grades 3-8 is conducted each May. Student score reports are mailed to parents/guardians in July/August. Sample student score reports are available (Spanish version), as well as score report guides. Please view this informational video, "Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report" (Spanish version). For additional information, visit the CAASPP Test Score Guide website.
BP 6162.51: The Board strongly encourages all students at the applicable grade levels to participate in the state assessments in order to maximize the usefulness of the data and enable the district to meet participation levels required for state and federal accountability systems. The Superintendent or designee shall notify students and parents/guardians about the importance of these assessments and shall develop strategies to encourage student participation. Students shall be exempted from participation only in accordance with law and administrative regulation.