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Release: #15-26
April 10, 2015
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Pleased With Progress as CAASPP Testing Reaches One-Month Mark

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that more than 360,000 students in 468 local education agencies have taken at least one assessment as California embarks on a new modern online era of student assessment.

"We are at the one-month mark today, and I am pleased at how smoothly these new assessments are going," Torlakson said. "Our students are still getting used to these new tests, but we are off to a great start, thanks to the hard work of district administrators, school principals and teachers, parents, and the students themselves. They are proving they are up to the challenge of shifting to the more complex skills today's colleges and careers require."

Students in grades three through eight and eleven are beginning to take the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in the first statewide administration of online testing that is replacing the paper-based, multiple-choice Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. The new tests allow students to demonstrate their ability to write analytically, think critically, and solve problems along with their knowledge of facts.

As of April 8, 2015 — 22 testing days:

  • Local educational agencies where testing has begun: 468.
  • Number of students that started a summative assessment: 363,012.
  • Summative assessments completed:
    • English Language Arts test: 205,304.
    • Mathematics test: 139,682.
The state's new assessment system represents the next step in California's plan for providing high-quality teaching and learning in every school, including higher academic standards, more decision-making in the hands of schools and communities, and more resources dedicated to schools and to students with the greatest needs.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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