California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Why the Change? The new academic standards emphasize not only subject knowledge, but also critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills. Due to the change in standards, a new type of assessment system was needed to measure critical thinking with questions that ask students to demonstrate their research, writing, and problem solving skills. Major Differences from Previous Testing: ● Computer Adaptive Test ● Classroom Activity ● Performance Task Computer Adaptive Each student will be administered an assessment that adapts to their abilities. Computer adaptive tests can help to identify a student’s learning level more precisely than fixedquestion exams, especially for students at the lower and higher ends of the learning spectrum. Questions will be random so students will not be able to look to a neighbor. Click HERE for more information on the computer adaptive test and how it works. Classroom Activity/ Performance Task What is the Classroom Activity? Before a Performance Task can be taken, students must go through a classroom activity to activate their thinking on a subject. Teachers lead students in a group collaboration on a given topic. What is the Performance Task? Students are asked to apply their knowledge from the Classroom Activity and the Standards to complete a written task in both English/Language Arts and Math. English/ Language Arts: ❏ Multiple Choice/Single Correct Response ❏ Multiple Choice/Multiple Correct Response ❏ Evidence-Based Selected Response ❏ Short Text/Constructed Response ❏ Hot Text: Select text and reorder text ❏ Matching Tables ❏ Written Response/Constructed Response Math: ❏ Equation/Numeric ❏ Fill-In Tables ❏ Drag and Drop ❏ Graphing ❏ Hot Spot: Indicate the answer by marking on an image or graph. ❏ Graphing Interaction What Does Testing Include? Computer Adaptive Test English/Language Arts (an hour and a half to two hours in length) Math (an hour and a half to two hours in length) Classroom Activity/Teaching (half hour each for ELA and Math) Performance Task English/Language Arts (ELA) (an hour and a half to two hours in length) Math (an hour and a half to two hours in length) Grade 4 – Written Response(ELA) Example The arrow and plus sign lets a student expand the text for reading purposes. Students will have to type response instead of selecting from multiple choice. Important to read complete question. The student will need to use details from text. Students will need to move the scroll bar to reveal the remaining text. Grade 6 - Drag and Drop (Math) Example Though this item is a 6th grade example, the style will be similar for 3rd – 5th grade. This one question is asking students to solve six different problems, then drag and drop to the correct column. Scratch paper is a must! Take a Sample Test Go to: www.caaspp.org 1. 2. 3. 4. Click on: Practice and Training Test Click on: Student Interface Practice and Training Test Next Page will say “Please Sign In” with the word “Guest” in all boxes. Click on: Sign In. If access denied: 5. Refresh page Supported browsers are Mozilla Firefox 10+, Safari 5+, Chrome 31+ Internet Explorer is not well supported Follow Sign In and Begin Test prompts to start practice test You will want to select a grade level Be sure to take “Practice Test”, not “Training Test” District and School Expectations ● Scores will be lower Because we are testing different and more complicated skills. ● Scores can not be compared Because we are testing different and more complicated skills. ● Students’ results will improve Because we are teaching different and more complicated skills. How to Prepare Your Student: Have your student practice their typing skills for a few minutes a day. Click HERE for Typing Web. Username: first name, middle initial, last name (all lower case with no spaces; example: harryshoudini) Password: rockets While reading with your child, ask questions requiring an answer needing support from the text. Encourage your student to use scratch paper when completing math work.