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CAASPP Public Reporting - FAQ


  1. What test results can be found on the public reporting CAASPP Results Web site?

    Summary results for local educational agencies (LEAs) are based upon data that has been completely processed by July 7, 2016. This includes the majority of California’s students. Some LEA summary results are still being reconciled and will be added to the summary results in a subsequent data release.

  2. Where can the English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Math Reporting Achievement Level Descriptors and Claim Descriptors be accessed?

    The ELA and Math Achievement Level Descriptors are located on the California Department of Education (CDE), CAASPP Achievement Level Descriptors Web page.

    The ELA and Math Claim Level Descriptors are located on the CDE CAASPP Claim Level Descriptors Web Page.

  3. Is there a crosswalk that connects Common Core State Standards to the claims in which they are reported?

    Information about the connection of the Common Core State Standards to the claims can be found in the Content Specification documents on the Smarter Balanced Assessments Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

  4. Where can the 2016 Student Data File Layout be found?

    The 2015–16 CAASPP Student Data File Layout (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab. is located on the CAASPP.org Test Administration tab, Reports and Reporting Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

  5. How will the public be able to access the CAASPP public reporting Web site?

    See the CDE CAASPP Results public reporting Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

  6. How were the numbers shown on the public reporting calculated?

    The Number Enrolled is a count of students in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or subgroup) who are eligible to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in ELA and mathematics in grades 3–8 and grade 11.

    The Number Tested is a count of students in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or subgroup) who were administered the Smarter Balanced Assessments in ELA and mathematics. This number excludes off grade testers, students not tested by parent/guardian request, and students not tested due to a significant medical emergency, and students that were assigned to take the test, but did not test.

    The Number of Tests with Scores is the number of students with valid scores in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or subgroup) who were enrolled during active testing window and responded to enough questions on both the Performance Task and the Computer Adaptive portions of the test to generate a score.

    The Mean Scale Score is the sum of scale scores for students in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or subgroup) with valid scores divided by the Number of Tests with Scores.

    The percent of students in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or subgroup) at a particular achievement or area (claim) level is the sum of the number of students at a particular achievement level or area (claim) level divided by the total number of students across all achievement or claim levels for that entity.

  7. What is the new “Change Over Time” report available on the reporting Web site?

    The “Change over Time” report shows both the 2014–15 and 2015–16 data for a grade from the current year, as well as data for the preceding grade from the previous administration in a side-by-side view. For example, if grade four is selected, then 2016 results for grade four and 2015 results for grade three will appear. This report is not available for grades three and eleven since those students were in grades two and ten, respectively, which are not tested grades for ELA and mathematics.

  8. What is the new “Compare Test Results” report available on the reporting Web site?

    The “Compare Test Results” report allows for entity (i.e., state, county, district, or school) comparison of achievement level percentages in the same subject. Comparison results between entities can be displayed in a table or graph form. Schools made up of differing grade levels should be compared with caution.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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