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Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

Latest information about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics.

Program Overview

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are comprehensive, end-of-year assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics and measure progress toward college and career readiness. The tests capitalize on the strengths of computer adaptive testing—efficient and precise measurement across the full range of achievement and the timely turnaround of results.

The following links provide additional information about the program:

Resources and Communication Materials

Talking to Parents About the CAASPP (PPTX: 5MB)

Resources for Communicating with Parents

Smarter Balanced Summative Fact Sheet (PDF)

Smarter Balanced Assessment System Graphic (PDF)

Smarter Balanced Assessment System (Video; 2:56)

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments FAQ

Smarter Balanced: A Complete Assessment System (English) External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 1:39)

Smarter Balanced: A Complete Assessment System (Spanish) External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 1:40)

Early Assessment Program

Smarter Balanced Resources

Common Core State Standards

Test Administration

Test Administration Coordination website External link opens in new window or tab.

Student Accessibility Resources

Scores and Results Reporting

CAASPP Results website – For directions on how to view results, go to Quick Reference Guide.

Starting Smarter External link opens in new window or tab.

Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Setting External link opens in new window or tab.

Laws, Regulations, and Requirements

California Education Code Section 60640 External link opens in new window or tab.

Federal Listening/Speaking Waiver (PDF)

CAASPP Regulations (DOC)

Technical Documents

ELA Smarter Balanced Blueprint External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Mathematics Smarter Balanced Blueprint External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Creating a Computer Adaptive Test (English) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Creating a Computer Adaptive Test (Spanish) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Interpretation and Use of Scores and Achievement Levels External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, April 26, 2019
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