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Report
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.
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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.
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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
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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:
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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
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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.

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