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New State Assessment System

A new CCSS-based statewide assessment system for California, known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), was informed by the efforts of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), with input from a statewide work group, in a publication titled, Recommendations for Transitioning California to a Future Assessment System (2013). The new system is based upon the collaborative efforts of a multi-state assessment consortium with capabilities to meet those recommendations.

The urgent calls for change (as described in Unit 1) were taken into consideration when the SSPI’s recommendations were developed and sent to the California State Legislature and the Governor for their consideration in the re-authorization process of the California STAR Program. SSPI Torlakson (2013) specifically recommended an assessment system:

  • Whose primary purpose would be to model and promote high-quality teaching and student learning activities
  • That would include a variety of assessment approaches and item types
  • That would be aligned with college and career readiness, address 21st Century Skills, and have meaning for students

Learn more about the SSPI’s recommendations: SSPI’s Recommendations for Transitioning California to a Future Assessment System.

Take a few minutes to read through the following quotes. As you read the information on each tab, notice the repeated references to 21st Century Learning Skills in the text (Torlakson 2013).

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