The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, which has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR Program, is the new state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. The CAASPP includes computer-adaptive tests in English–language arts and mathematics as well as paper-based tests for science.
Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the test from April 18 to May 13, 2016. To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp.
Following the spring 2016 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent home to parents and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English–language arts and mathematics, and other information. It is important to note that these scores cannot be compared to scores that your child previously received on the STAR tests because this test is based on the new California State Standards, involves different types of test questions, and will not be reported using the STAR Program reporting categories.
Please remember that the contract you signed when you enrolled in Mountain Oaks stated: "The parents(s) and student understand that participation in school-wide standards-based assessments as outlined in the current Family Handbook and the current Assessment Procedure is a requirement for initial and continuing enrollment." Pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 852(b), LEAs are required to inform parents of their right to exempt their child from taking the CAASPP tests. This, however, does not change the fact that upon enrollment, each parent and student agreed to participate in testing which allows Mountain Oaks to remain open since funding is dependent on students participating in the CAASPP assessments.