10/14 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Update

This year all students in grades five, eight, and twelve (class of 2018) will take either the California Science Test (CAST) field test or the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science pilot (year 2).  Until the development of these tests has been completed, there will be no student scores or aggregated results released.  Please review the following information regarding the administration of the science tests:


·        CAST Field Test:  the CAST is a summative test aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The CAST field test will include 32-45 items and 2-3 performance tasks.  It will be administered online using the same Test Administrator (TA) interface and secure browser as Smarter Balanced. The CAST field test will take approximately two hours and may be administered over more than one day.  The testing window for the field test is the same as Smarter Balanced. 

·        CAA for Science Pilot (Year 2):  the CAA for Science, for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, is linked to the NGSS performance expectations to provide appropriate levels of challenge and rigor for these students.  The CAA for Science is for all eligible students identified through their IEP to take an alternate assessment. The CAA for Science Pilot will be administered one-on-one to students.  The pilot consists of three embedded performance tasks.  The testing window for the pilot will begin in November and conclude at the end of the school year.  Online training will be available in November.  

For questions about the new science tests, please contact Erin Gordon in Assessment Services at egordon@sandi.net.