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California's New Online Reporting System

New online reporting system providing teachers and schools with preliminary assessment results to guide instruction.

The faster teachers and schools are able to obtain accurate information about what students know, the more precisely they can tailor instruction to improve learning. California’s plan for high-quality teaching and learning is designed to keep school districts up to date on the progress students are making toward graduating ready for college-level coursework and atwenty-first century career.

Along with replacing paper-based tests on English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics with the new computer-based California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests, California has created a new online reporting system that will provide permissioned users with partial, preliminary scores within three weeks of students having completed the exam.

The data available in the online reporting system represent partial, preliminary results that are not appropriate for public release. Within this real-time system, results will change daily as additional data are received and relevant appeals and rescores are processed. These changes may result in final percentages being higher or lower than the preliminary results. Final data will be released publicly by the California Department of Education in August.

The early results will give districts timely information about student learning and a new tool to analyze and adjust instruction accordingly—subject by subject, grade by grade, and school by school.

The system will provide preliminary results for the following tests as scores are produced:
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and Mathematics
  • California Standards Test for Science
  • California Modified Assessment for Science
  • California Alternate Performance Assessment for Science
  • Standards-based Test in Spanish
  • California Alternate Assessments for ELA and Mathematics will be provided in the fall.

The online reporting system will provide preliminary information about student performance, including average scores for groups of students by grade level, school, and district. The system also will calculate the percentage of scores within each of four achievement levels: standard not met (level 1), standard nearly met (level 2), standard met (level 3), and standard exceeded (level 4).

In addition, the system will report detailed information about how well groups of students demonstrated their strengths in specific, key skills. ELA results will include detailed information about performance in reading, writing, listening, and research. Mathematics results will include information about student performance in problem solving, using concepts and procedures, and communicating mathematical reasoning.

As with the other parts of California’s assessment system, the online reporting system is secure. Districts limit access to administrators and others already trained in protecting student privacy. Authorized users are legally bound to keep student information confidential and are permitted to view only results that are relevant to their work at a particular district or school. 

CAASPP has been designed to help educators improve instruction, and, over time, California will look to expand and improve online reporting, adding tools to make the system both more flexible and better able to support deeper analysis of test results.

Questions:   Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, March 28, 2016
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