• The Smarter Balanced assessments are new computer-based tests that measure student knowledge of California’s English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics standards. These new assessments replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments for students in grades three through eight and grade eleven.

    CAASPP For Parents

    Resources to help me understand my child’s score

    A new resource for parents is available at testscoreguide.org/ca/ which contains more information about your child’s score, the range of scores and achievement levels, and your child’s performance.

    Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports

    These videos are designed to help parents and students learn about the CAASPP Student Score Report for 2016–17.




    Grade 11 — Early Assessment Program (EAP) Status

    The California State University (CSU) and participating California Community Colleges (CCCs) will use the ELA and mathematics assessments of the CAASPP System to determine your child’s 2017 EAP status, which will provide an indicator of his/her predicted readiness to take college-level English and mathematics courses when your child begins college.

    The CAASPP overall score and achievement level for ELA and mathematics shown on the front of your child’s report can be used to provide an early indicator of his/her readiness for college-level coursework, as described below:

    • Standard Exceeded: Ready for English and/or mathematics college-level coursework.
    • Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for English and/or mathematics college-level coursework. Students earning a status of Conditionally Ready (Standard Met) can be exempt from the CSU's placement test and the Early Start Program by taking an approved senior year course and earning a grade of C or better.
    • Standard Nearly Met: Not yet demonstrating readiness for English and/or mathematics college-level coursework.
    • Standard Not Met: Not demonstrating readiness for English and/or mathematics college-level coursework.

    Your child should visit the CSU Success Web page at http://CSUSuccess.org/ for information and steps to take in twelfth grade to be ready for college.

    Guides for understanding the CAASP Student Score Reports

    Information on the New Smarter Balanced Assessments

    http://www.smarterbalanced.org/-  Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Website

    http://www.smarterbalanced.org/assessments/practice-and-training-tests/- Practice Test Portal for SBAC

    http://www.smarterbalanced.org/assessments/sample-questions/-  Sample items and performance tasks for Smarter Balanced Assessments

    Parent Information Sheet- Common Questions about Smarter Balanced Assessments