Sonoma County Office of Education

Data & Assessment

CAASPP/Smarter Balanced

Districts and schools in California have switched to a new statewide assessment system. The assessments focus on California Standards and are administered through a computerized testing system developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

Guiding 2017-18 CAASPP Activities

compassAs schools advance work in the 2017-18 school year, it’s wise to plan specific actions focused on California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) tasks. This blog post shares steps which can support readiness and positive student outcomes. Read more about guiding 2017-18 CAASPP activities...

CAASPP Pre-Test Summative Administration Workshop

Educational Testing Services held a workshop at SCOE on January 29 providing details and information on the 2018 CAASPP Summative Assessments. The slide deck from the presentation is offered here.

2017–18 Statewide Testing Annual Notification

A new document titled “Statewide Testing Notification” has been added to the CDE 2017–18 Notice of CAASPP Administration Letter Web page. The document contains language that can be inserted into a parent handbook or other annual parent notification document to serve the purpose of meeting state and federal obligations to inform parents of the year’s statewide assessments, including their right to exempt. The same Web page also provides parent notification letters that may be used at the time of testing.

2017 SBAC Results Page for ELA/Literacy & Mathematics

The California Department of Education results page with searchable information for counties, districts, schools and the state as a whole can be found here.

2017 SBAC Final Results: Connecting Assessment to Instruction

Slide Deck from 8-30-17 Presentation
Guiding Questions for Analyzing SBAC Results
Folder with 2017 Spreadsheets for Visualizing Data
Folder with 2016 Spreadsheets for Visualizing Data

Test Score Guide: Keeping Students on Track for College and Career

An online guide to support interpretation of the California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance provided by the California Department of Education. Topics include: What is CAASPP? Is my student on track?

Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Scale Score Ranges

Scale score ranges for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics, by Content Area, Grade Level, and Achievement Level can be found here.

Help with 11th Grade Early Assessment Program Advisement

Part of the 11th grade ELA & mathematics SBAC results, the EAP is intended to provide students with opportunities to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year.

Smarter Balanced Test Blueprints

The test blueprints describe the content of the ELA and mathematics Summative Assessments in grades 3‒8 and grade 11, and how that content will be assessed to reflect the depth and breadth of the performance expectations for the California Content Standards. These test blueprints provide information about the number of items, score points, and depth of knowledge for items associated with each assessment target. Here are links to:
ELA Smarter Balanced Blueprints
Mathematics Smarter Balanced Blueprints

Materials from Past Professional Development Activities

Supporting Metacognitive Thinking in Grades 3-6 Using ELA & Math SBAC Tasks
Planning Smarter Balanced Assessment Supports for English Learners
Understanding California’s New State Assessment – for School Trustees (pdf)
Reimagining Grading and Assessment Under CCSS and SBAC

Recent SCOE Blog Posts on SBAC

Smarter Balanced Assessment Reporting
Formative Assessment: Key Strategy for CCSS Success
Understanding Performance Tasks
New View of Student Learning Potential

FAQs and Key Resources

SBAC’s Summary of Core Components (pdf)
STAR-SBAC Comparison by Santa Barbara COE (pdf)