California Testing in 2014

The California assessments that comprise the 2014 administration are a mix of computer-based and paper-based assessments. The computer-based component is the Smarter Balanced Field Test. The paper-based component includes a mix of legacy Standardized Testing and Reporting assessments.

Smarter Balanced Field Test

In California, all students in grades 3 through 8, 11, and some students in grades 9 and 10 will participate in the 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test. No student scores will be produced for these tests, which include both English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics content areas. These tests are administered entirely online.

California Standards Tests (CSTs)

The CSTs in Science are to be administered to students in grades 5, 8, and 10. Students in grade 11 who are participating in the EAP have the option of taking the CST for English–Language Arts (ELA) (Grade 11) and the CST for Algebra II or Summative High School Mathematics.

California Modified Assessment (CMA)

The CMA for Science are to be administered to students in grades 5, 8, and 10 who have an individualized education program (IEP). Assignment of the CMA is made in the student’s IEP only; a student’s Section 504 plan is not to be used to assign a student to take the CMA (although accommodations may be named in the Section 504 plan or in the IEP).

California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA)

The CAPA is an individually administered performance assessment for students in grades 2 through 11 who have significant cognitive disabilities and who are unable to take either the CSTs even with accommodations or modifications or the CMA with accommodations.

Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 who have been assigned to take the CAPA will take the CAPA for Science. All students in grades 2 through 11 who take the CAPA will take the CAPA for English–Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.

Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS)

The voluntary STS are multiple-choice tests that allow Spanish-speaking English learners in grades 2 through 11 to demonstrate their knowledge of the California content standards by taking a reading/language arts (RLA) assessment in their primary language. STS items are developed by biliterate, bilingual California educators and test developers. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 take the STS in addition to, not in place of, the CST or CMA.