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Mathematics Assessment and Accountability

Information regarding graduation requirements, the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, and the Common Core State Standards assessments (Smarter Balanced).

The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program ended on July 1, 2013. The STAR program was replaced by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. STAR test results and CAASPP results cannot be reliably compared because CAASPP evaluates new standards that emphasize analytical thinking, problem solving and communications skills.

The latest information about the new generation of mathematics and English-Language Arts assessments is found on the Smarter Balanced Assessment System Web page.

Students must fulfill specific graduation requirements, which include an Algebra I requirement.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

California’s new statewide student assessment system, CAASPP, was established January 1, 2014. 

Common Core State Standards Assessment (Smarter Balanced)

California joined the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) as a governing state on June 9, 2011. Smarter Balanced is a national consortium of 23 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands working collaboratively to develop a student assessment system aligned to a common core of academic content standards. Of those, California is one of 22 governing states, which allows decision-making participation.

Practice Tests provide a preview of the Smarter Balanced assessments, but do not reflect the full range of content that students may encounter on the actual assessments. 

Sample items and performance tasks External link opens in new window or tab. illustrate the rigor and complexity of the mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Consortium’s next-generation assessments. 

Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) and College Content-Readiness External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) articulate the knowledge, skills, and processes expected of students at different levels of performance on the Smarter Balanced assessments.

The summative test blueprints External link opens in new window or tab. describe the content of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics summative assessments for grades three through eight and high school as well as how that content will be assessed. Developed with broad input from member states, partners, and stakeholders, the summative test blueprints reflect the depth and breadth of the performance expectations of the Common Core State Standards.

Minimum Technological System Requirements are necessary due to the variety of test item types included in computer adaptive testing, which the Smarter Balanced assessment system uses.

Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, the California Standards Tests (CST) for mathematics will no longer be the administered as the statewide mathematics assessment.

Related Links

Information also available through the sites of the California Department of Education at STAR and Smarter Balanced.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 12, 2017
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