California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson launched what he called a new era of student testing in California on Tuesday, providing online exams in English language arts/literacy and mathematics to more than 3 million students based on the state’s more challenging academic standards.
Students in grades three through eight, and 11, can now begin taking the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in the first statewide administration of new tests to replace the paper-based, multiple-choice Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. The new tests allow students to demonstrate their ability to write analytically, think critically and solve problems along with their knowledge of facts, officials said.
California is among 21 states nationwide participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a state-led organization that developed new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
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