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Common Core Assessments

Frequently Asked Questions about the New Assessments

We know parents and teachers have questions about the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System, which was introduced in January 2014 to replace the replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. Please see our AUSD Frequently Asked Questions about AUSD Assessments to get more information.

You also can find information in the letter to parents and guardians that we sent out in March 2015, as well as on the California Department of Education website.

Common Core Assessment Transitions  


2013-14 and Beyond

Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
California Standards Tests (CST)
California Modified Assessment (CMA)
California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA)
Standards-Based Tests in Spanish (STS): English Language Arts & Mathematics


Transition to CCSS English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessment

· 2013-14 Field testing in Math and ELA in Grades 3-8, 11

· 2014-15  Full testing in both subjects Grades 3-8, 11

· California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) continues both          years


11th Grade CST in ELA & Math for students taking the Early Assessment Program (EAP)


No changes  for 2013-14


California Standards Tests (CSTs): Science


Continued in 2013-14 and ongoing - CST/CMA grades 5, 8, 10


California Standards Tests (CSTs): History


No assessment for 2013-14 and 2014-15


California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)


No planned changes


California English Language Development Test (CELDT)


2013-14 Continuation of CELDT with Transition to English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC): 

            2014-15 Field testing of ELPAC

            2015-16 Full implementation of ELPAC


AUSD Benchmark Testing: ELA


2013-14 Measured Progress Testlets

2014-15 Pilot use of SBAC Interim & Benchmark Assessments


AUSD Benchmark Testing: Math


2013-14 CCSS Aligned benchmarks for kindergarten through 8th grade and high school Algebra 1 and Geometry

SBAC Interim & Benchmarks for Algebra 1 & 2 and Geometry