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).

Preparation for 2016-17 CAASPP Administration

CAASPP LogoThe 2017 testing window will be opening soon for California State summative assessments. Tests for 2017 include: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test for English and mathematics involving students in grades 3-8 and 11; California Science Test pilot for all students in grades 5 and 8 along with one assigned grade at the high school level; and California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for intellectually challenged students administered among students in grades 3-8 and 11. Resources and materials to support the 2016-17 administration are provided in this blog post. Read more...

CAASPP Pre-Test Administration Workshop Materials
Educational Testing Services offered a training for districts and schools on January 18, 2017 at SCOE. Their slide decks are offered here: CAASPP Summative Pre-Test Slides
California Alternative Assessment Slides

High School Grade Assignments for 2016-17 CAST
This page has grade assignments for each high school in California specific to the California Science Test Pilot (CAST). All students in the specified grade will need to take the science pilot test.

2016 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.

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. More information is offered here.

2016 SBAC Final Results: Connecting Assessment to Instruction
Slide Deck from 8-25-16 Presentation
Guiding Questions for Analyzing SBAC Results
Folder with 2016 SBAC Analysis Protocols
Folder with Spreadsheets for Visualizing 2016 Data
Folder with Sample Slide Decks for Stakeholder Grps

District Work Plan for 2016-17 SBAC Summative Assessment Activities
This sample district plan outlines preparation activities for the 2016-17 SBAC Summative Assessment. Tasks for administrators, technology staff, teachers, and students are specified. The sample plan is available as a Word or PDF file.

Materials from Past Professional Development Activities
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
2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment Reporting
Formative Assessment: Key Strategy for CCSS Success
Understanding Performance Tasks
Student Impressions of SBAC Pilot Testing
Formative Assessment
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)
SBAC Parent & Student Information