The CAASPP* individual student score reports arrive in student household mailboxes this week. The document is completely new, reflecting advances in testing to assess California state standards and student learning.
We want to familiarize parents and students with elements of the new reports, and how to interpret first-time score results. New parent guides for grades 3-4-5, 6-7-8, and 11 are available at bottom of page. In addition, a news release is available online. Issued by California Department of Education Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, it puts CAASPP first year results in proper perspective.
The new reports include detailed information about a student’s performance on new, computer-based tests in English language arts-literacy (ELA), and mathematics. They are intended to support discussions between parents and teachers about a child’s knowledge, and skills, and to enable teachers to vary instructional strategies according to student needs. The advantage of California’s new testing method is individualized information and helpful guidance for students to attain standards mastery for college and career readiness.
This year’s student test scores are intended as a starting point, or baseline, for tracking student learning and progress under CAASPP. Students will receive an overall score for each subject, ranging from 2,000 to 3,000. Overall scores will be reported in one of four levels: standard not met, standard nearly met, standard met, and standard exceeded.
These new score reports will also highlight student mastery of specific skills. ELA reports will describe performance in the key areas of reading, writing, listening, and research. Mathematics reports will describe student performance in the key areas of problem solving, using concepts and procedures, and communicating mathematical reasoning.
For students in grade 11, reports will indicate readiness for credit-bearing college-level work. If further preparation is needed, individualized areas of focus during their senior year will be recommended. Reports for students in grades 5 and 8 will include scores from the California Standards Test for Science (a federal requirement).
Again, because this is the first year students have participated in California’s new technology-based testing, CAASPP scores should be viewed as a baseline to compare performance in future years.
- For questions about your child’s CAASPP report, please contact your child’s principal. CAASPP testing and accountability information is available online at the link below.
- To compare LEUSD's CAASPP results with other schools and districts within Riverside County, download the 2015 Riverside County CAASPP Report below.
* California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)