California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)

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The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP): 

As you may already know from last spring, California’s academic assessment system formerly known as Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) has changed.   The new assessment program is now titled the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).  This spring CMS and district students, along with all public schools across California, will be participating in various assessments established by CAASPP.

The newest and largest component of CAASPP is the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), a modern, technology-based program, with students performing the assessments on computers.  These tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English and Math.  California adopted the CCSS in 2010 to support the knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live.

This year, CMS will be participating in the CAASPP on various dates and times from April through May, and each grade level will be assigned specific weeks to take the exam.  This will support our students and staff in many ways including, the assurance of technology working smoothly, providing enough time for students to take the multiple components of the exam, and creating an environment conducive to thinking and learning.  All information, including the CMS testing schedule, sample test questions, and more, can be found on the CMS webpage in this link:

State of California Link: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/index.asp.  

Additional documents and information for students and parents:

Schedules will be posted in March 2018

All Students, 6-8th Grade, Testing Schedule

All Students, 6-8th Grade, "FLIP DAY" Schedule

Sample Test Questions and Performance Tasks ›


Tips for Successful Testing
Developed by Sharon Cook of McDougal Littell

There are many practices teachers can implement during the school year to help students prepare for the annual standardized test. These can be woven into the daily curriculum in such a way as to provide ongoing reinforcement rather than detract from learning. They do not replace knowing the content, but can improve the overall validity of the test by making scores more accurately reflect what students really know. This is done by making sure students lose points only because they do not know the information and not for some reason unrelated to content knowledge. 

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