CAASPP: California Alternate Assessment of Student Performance and ProgressTop of Page

California Testing in 2015

The assessments that comprise the 2015 CAASPP administration are a mix of online and paper-pencil assessments. The online component contains the Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests. The paper-pencil component includes CST/CMA/CAPA science tests and the optional STS for RLA.

Attached you will find two communication pieces that the Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) commissioned to inform the Placer County businesses, community and parents on the recent CAASPP testing.  

The Business piece is has been drafted in a collaborative manner to inform business and community leaders on the recent changes of standards and assessment used by CA public schools.  This piece can be viewed here.

The PCOE’s PARENT community piece can be viewed here.  

STAR Testing - Previous Testing Results Top of Page

Beginning in 1997, California began putting into place a comprehensive standards-based educational system for all students, including standards-aligned textbooks and tests and a system of accountability to determine whether students are learning to expectations.

Click here to view the latest published results of the California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program.

CELDTTop of Page

The California English Language Development Test (CELDT) is a required state test for English language proficiency that must be given to students whose primary language is other than English.

Click here to view the state CELDT Reporting site for Western Placer USD. 

The CELDT Reporting site provides aggregate CELDT results for each school, district, and county, as well as the state. No individual student results or aggregate reports for three or fewer students are presented on the Internet.

California Standards Tests (CST)Top of Page

Attainment of California content standards is tested annually with the California Standards Tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

In addition, students in grades 8, 10, and 11  take the California History/Social Science Standards Tests.

High school students who are enrolled in college preparatory science courses take the appropriate California Science Standards Test.

Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)Top of Page

Physical Fitness is assessed in grades 5, 7 and 9 each school year in accordance with State mandates.

The physical fitness test designated fdor California public students is the FITNESSGRAM, developed by The Cooper Institute. The test assesses six major fitness areas, including:
  • aerobic capacity (cardiovascular endurance)
  • body composition (percentage of body fat)
  • abdominal strength and endurance
  • trunk strength and flexibility
  • upper body strength and endurance
  • overall flexibility
A number of test options are provided so that most students can participate.

Click here to view the Physical Fitness Test results for Western Placer Unified School District for the most recent year available.

CAHSEETop of Page

High school seniors are required pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) to receive a high school diploma. State law authorized this new graduation requirement in 1999 (Senate Bill 2, Statutes of 1999) and it took effect with the  class of 2006.

The purpose of the CAHSEE is to help improve student achievement in high school and make sure that graduates meet identified state content standards in reading, writing, and mathematics.

APITop of Page

The Academic Performance Index (API) measures performance and progress of a school. It is a numeric index or scale that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1000. The state has set 800 as the API score that schools should strive to meet. Schools that fall short of the target will be required to meet annual growth targets until their goal is achieved. Schools that already meet or exceed the 800 API should continue working to improve the academic performance of all students. Results of the norm-referenced test and California Standards Tests, given in the spring as part of the state's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, are used to calculate a school's API.

Click to view the API of the district, with links to each school:

AYPTop of Page

AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) is a statewide accountability system mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which requires each state to ensure that all schools and districts make Adequate Yearly Progress.

Click here to view the most current AYP Report for Western Placer USD.