Update on the State Assessments for 2013-14

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October 11, 2013 Signed into law on October 2, 2013, Assembly Bill 484 (Bonilla) establishes the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP) assessment system. The CalMAPP system replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. AB 484 calls for the transition to a system of assessments and assessment tools that cover the full breadth and depth of the curriculum. This transition will take several years to complete.

For the 2013-14 school year, CalMAPP is comprised of the tests listed below. Also note that while the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) is not part of the CalMAPP system, from what we know now, it seems the CAHSEE will continue to be administered in the 2013-14 year. The CalMAPP includes:

  • Field test of the consortium (i.e., Smarter Balanced) summative assessment for English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven. Each participating student will take either an ELA or mathematics field test. NOTE: CCSA is still trying to seek clarity as to whether and how schools lacking necessary technical infrastructure might be required to administer the computer-only SBAC field test.

  • Grade-level science assessments, including the California Standards Tests (CSTs), California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), and the California Modified Assessment (CMA), in grades five, eight, and ten

  • CAPA for ELA and mathematics in grades two through eleven

  • Voluntary for grade eleven students, the Early Assessment Program in ELA and mathematics

  • Optional for local educational agencies (LEAs) to administer, the Standards-based Tests in Spanish (Further information about grade levels and subjects will be forthcoming.)

The chaptered version of AB 484 can be accessed online. Questions and Answers regarding AB 484 are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page. Further questions about AB 484 should be directed to AB484@cde.ca.gov.