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2017-18 California Assessment System


2017–18 California Assessment System (PDF; Posted Aug-2017)

CAASPP

Content

Test
Type Participants Grade Level(s) Window

ELA

Mathematics

Smarter Balanced

 

Format: CAT or P/P(1)

MC
SR
CR
PT

All students at designated grade levels

Exceptions:

  • Eligible students participating in alternate assessments
  • ELA only – English learners who are in their first 12 months of attending a school in United States
3–8 and 11 (2)

Available Testing Window begins when 66 percent of instructional year has been completed and continues through last day of instruction:

LEAs may select their own testing window each year:

  • Schedule in Test Operations Management System (TOMS)
  • Minimum window of 25 instructional days
  • Must fall within available testing window.

ELA

Mathematics

CAA

Format: CBT

MC
SR
CR
TE

Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose individualized education program designates the use of an alternate assessment.

 

3–8 and 11

Available Testing Window begins when 66 percent of instructional year has been completed and continues through last day of instruction:

LEAs may select their own testing window each year:

  • Schedule in Test Operations Management System (TOMS)
  • Minimum window of 25 instructional days
  • Must fall within available testing window.

Science

CAST – (Field Test)

Format: CBT

MC
SR
CR
PT
TE

All students at designated grade levels.

Exceptions:

  • Eligible students participating in the California Alternate Assessment for Science
5 and 8, and once in high school (10, 11, 12)
April 2, 2018 through the last day of the LEA selected testing window or the last day of instruction
Science

CAA for Science – (Pilot Test)

Format: Embedded PT

PA Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose individualized education program designates the use of an alternate assessment. 5 and 8, and once in high school (10, 11, 12) November through the last day of instruction
Reading/Language Arts

STS

Format: P/P

MC

English learners at no cost to the LEA or non-English learners (e.g., pupils in dual immersion classrooms) at minimal cost of the LEA.
2–11
Optional
25-day window includes 12 instructional days before and after completion of 85 percent of instructional days.
Reading/Language Arts
CSA Pilot:
Format: CBT
MC
English learners at no cost to the LEA or non-English learners (e.g., pupils in dual immersion classrooms) at minimal cost of the LEA.
2–11
Optional
25-day window includes 12 instructional days before and after completion of 85 percent of instructional days.

(1) Paper-pencil versions of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are available to local educational agencies that meet specific criteria.
(2) Smarter Balanced Assessments administered in grade 11 will be used for EAP purposes.

CELDT

Content

Test
Type Participants Grade Level(s) Window

Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing

CELDT Initial

Format: P/P

MC
CR
PA

 

Alll students whose home language is not English.

K–12(3)

July 2017 through June 2018: Within 30 calendar days after enrolling in a California public school.

ELPAC

Content

Test
Type Participants Grade Level(s) Window

Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing

ELPAC Summative

Format: P/P

MC
CR
PA

 

Alll students whose home language is not English.

K–12(3)

February through May 2018

Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
ELPAC Initial
Field Test

Format: P/P

MC
CR
PA

Identified English learners until they are re-designated as fluent English proficient.
K–12(3)
August through September 2017

PFT

Content

Test
Type Participants Grade Level(s) Window

Aerobic Capacity
Body Composition
Abdominal Strength and Endurance
Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
Upper Body Strength and Endurance Flexibility

FITNESSGRAM (4)

Format: PA

PA

All students, regardless of whether they are enrolled in a physical education class or participate in a block schedule.

5, 7, and 9
February through May 2018

(3) Kindergarten includes year one of a two–year kindergarten program, which is often referred to as "transitional kindergarten."

(4) The FITNESSGRAM is a registered trademark of The Cooper Institute.

Additional Assessments

CHSPE – For more information on the optional CHSPE for 2017–18, visit the California Department of Education, CHSPE Web page.

HSET – California has approved the use of three high school equivalency tests (i.e., General Educational Development [GED®] Test, High School Equivalency Test [HiSET], and Test Assessing Secondary Completion [TASC]). For more information on these three optional tests visit the California Department of Education, HSET Web page.

NAEP – For information on NAEP for 2017–18, contact Julie Williams at (916) 319-0408 or by e-mail at julwilli@cde.ca.gov.

Legend

  • CAA – California Alternate Assessments
  • CAASPP – California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
  • CAST – California Science Test
  • CAT – Computer-adaptive test
  • CBT – Computer-based test
  • CELDT – California English Language Development Test
  • CHSPE – California High School Proficiency Exam
  • CR – Constructed response
  • CSA – California Spanish Assessment
  • EAP – Early Assessment Program
  • ELA – English–language arts/literacy
  • ELPAC – English Language Proficiency Assessments of California
  • HSET – High School Equivalency Tests
  • IEP – Individualized Education Program
  • LEA – Local educational agency
  • MC – Multiple choice
  • NAEP – National Assessment of Educational Progress
  • PA – Performance assessment
  • PFT – Physical Fitness Test
  • P/P – Paper-pencil
  • PT – Performance task
  • SR – Selected response
  • STS – Standards-based Tests in Spanish
  • TE – Technology enhanced
Questions:   Assessment Development and Administration Division | 916-319-0803
Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 24, 2017
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