Jan. 31, 2020

Time to Prepare for Spring CAASPP Tests for Grades 3-8, 11 & 12

It’s February and that means that CAASPP spring testing is right around the corner. Are you ready? Use the information and strategies below so that you are prepared to rock the test come testing day. 

What is CAASPP Testing? CAASPP stands for California Assessment of Student Performance Progress, and houses all of the California State testing requirements. At CalPac students are required to complete summative assessments in Math, English and Science using the tests issued from CAASPP. Tests are designed to measure growth and show what students can do. Please visit the CAASPP website for more information:  http://www.caaspp.org/index.html. 

What Tests Will I Take? Students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 & 12 will participate in CAASPP testing. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the Smarter Balanced English and Math tests. Students in 5th, 8th, 11th and 12th grade will take the California Science Test (CAST). Your testing registration email that you will receive soon will let you know which tests you will be taking. 

Why Does Testing Matter? We love our charter school and hope you do too! But what does that have to do with testing? Well student participation and performance on the state tests directly contributes to our school’s academic performance accountability measures on the California Dashboard. Our authorizing districts and the state look at our academic performance indicators as a determining factor to keep our school open. Charter renewal is now based on academic performance indicators. Academic performance for math and English language arts is determined by CAASPP testing and participation rates. This is why it is essential that every student show up and complete CAASPP testing as our school will have their performance score lowered for every student that opts out of testing.

For the 2020 testing window, students who choose to opt out or don’t show up to testing will automatically receive the lowest score for their grade level averaged into the toal school CAASPP score. This means that the dashboard indicators will be reduced twice by students who opt out because there is a reduction for receiving the lowest score possible and a reduction to the participation rate. Making sure you attend and complete the state testing helps us keep our doors open so that we can continue offering our unique and special school programs. Learn more about the California School Dashboard here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/cm/documents/dashboardparentguide18.pdf

When & Where Do I Take the Tests? Testing takes place in person over a two day period starting in April. We have testing locations throughout Northern & Southern California and there will be an option close to you. There is no test from home option. Starting in March, parents and students will be sent spring testing information, including a link to select their preferred testing location. Every effort is made to have enough testing sites close to all students with a manageable commute time.  

How Do the Tests Work? All tests are completed on a computer provided to you at your test site. You will sign into your test using a unique username and password given to you by the testing teacher. You can not use your own computer. You will have as much time as you need for each test, but most students finish the English and Math tests in about three and a half hours, and the science test in an hour. 

Test questions consist of a variety of multiple choice, short response, matching, and longer essay responses. Questions are very similar to what you’ve been doing all year in your courses. The tests are “Computer Adaptive” so the questions will either get more difficult or easier depending on if you get the answers correct or incorrect. Always try your best and show what you know!

What Resources Can I Use to Prepare? Students are encouraged to practice as much as possible so they know what to expect come the day of the test. Review the links below and information below so you are ready!

Most importantly go into testing confident! You know more than you think and will do great! All of your teachers believe in you and are proud as long as you try your best.