Achievement Level 4 Announcement - Friday, August 25, 2017

Achievement Level 4 Text Error on the 2016–17 CAASPP Student Score Reports

August 24, 2017

  • Educational Testing Service (ETS) printed text in error on the 2016–17 Student Score Reports for students who scored at achievement level 4 in 2015–16 and 2016–17 and whose scores increased this year.
  • For these students who took the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, their Student Score Reports included text indicating that their “score increased from last year, but not enough to reach a higher level.”
  • Achievement level 4 is the highest possible level in CAASPP Smarter Balanced reporting.
  • The text error impacts only those students in grades four through eight, as the previous year’s scores are not printed on the grade three and grade eleven Student Score Reports.
  • Please be assured that the achievement levels and scale scores reported by CAASPP are correct and are not impacted by the text error.

CAASPP Information

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is an annual assessment process that occurs each spring. This year the testing window for our District begins in March and concludes June 11.

CAASPP is a measurement that includes several types of assessments:

Smarter Balanced Assessment System (SBAC)

  • These tests are given to students in grades 3-8 and 11.
  • These tests assess performance and progress in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
  • These tests are computer-based and adaptive, meaning the test can more readily adjust questions to a student’s demonstrated understanding on certain questions.
  • These tests have questions that use realistic context. Also, there are open-ended and short essay opportunities for students to demonstrate knowledge and creativity.
  • These tests are not timed so students have plenty of time to do their best.
  • These tests have alternate versions called the California Alternate Assessments (CAA) for a student whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) requires an alternate version of the test.

California Science Test (CAST) – Pilot Year 2018

  • The California Science Pilot test will be given to students in grades 5 and 8 and high school. 
  • No scores will be released for this test.

The CAASPP test has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR), as the new state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. The 2018 CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics.