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What is on the CAASPP and Who Takes It?

The CAASPP test is required for public school students in California, including those enrolled in an online charter school like CalPac. The test takes place in the spring and is administered online. It’s designed to assess a student’s mastery of grade-level content standards, which are the skills and knowledge that you’re expected to learn at each grade level. The test measures your ability to analyze, reason, and solve problems, which are important skills for success in college and career. The test also assesses your ability to write effectively, understand complex texts, and apply mathematical concepts and procedures to real-world problems.


What are the SBA and the CAST?

The CAASPP test is administered in two parts: the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) for ELA and mathematics and the California Science Test (CAST) for science. The SBA is a computer-adaptive test, meaning the difficulty of the questions adjusts based on your responses. This allows for a more precise measurement of your achievement. The CAST is a fixed-form test, which means that all students take the same set of questions. The CAST assesses your understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are the science content standards adopted by California.


Why is CAASPP Testing Important?

The test is an essential tool for schools, educators, and parents and guardians when it comes to developing a better understanding of their student’s academic strengths and areas where they may need more help. For online charter schools in California, like CalPac, the CAASPP test is an essential tool for evaluating their instructional programs and ensuring that our students are meeting the same rigorous academic standards as those in traditional brick-and-mortar schools.

The test results provide valuable information about how well CalPac prepares students for college and career and help the school identify areas where students may need more support. Additionally, the results can be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the online school to stakeholders, such as parents, educators, and policymakers. By participating in the CAASPP test, online charter schools can show that they are committed to providing a high-quality education to their students and preparing them for success in the future.