New California State Testing
Standardized testing is a method used frequently in the education system to evaluate the learning done by students. In California, there has been a new testing system that has been developed in order to better assess students learning abilities throughout their K-12 life. This is called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). It was established on January 1, 2014, and replaced the STAR program.
This new testing program includes new parameters to measure student success and development. They include things like smarter balanced summative assessments for English language arts (ELA) and math in grades three through eight and eleven. This test is delivered on a computer adaptive test as well as a performance test to assess based on the common core standards for english language arts and math. The computer assessments includes multiple types of selected responses, graphs, fill-ins, etc. The performance test assesses the student’s ability to recall and apply certain skills and knowledge. The exceptions to this are students who participate in the alternate assessments and English Language Learners who are in their first twelve months of attending a school in the United States.
This new testing program has been in effect for two years now. The California Department of Education has information regarding all things about this new testing system. The interesting question is if standardized testing is accessible for those who are differently abled or have different learning capabilities? It is definitely something parents with children who have special needs should consider having a conversation with the teacher or school personnel about. For more information on CAASPP and what its objectives are, please visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ai/cefcaaspp.asp