Smarter Balanced Assessment System
CAASPP COMMUNICATION FAQS ABOUT SMARTER BALANCED
Why are new assessments needed in California?California has adopted more rigorous academic standards that emphasize not onlysubject knowledge, but also the critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills students need to be successful in college and career. These standards set a higher bar for California students to help ensure they are prepared to succeed in the future. Because what students need to know and be able to do has changed, our tests must change as well.
California’s new assessment system represents the next step in a comprehensive plan to promote high-quality teaching and learning and improve student outcomes. This plan recognizes that assessments can play an important role in promoting and modeling high-quality instruction.
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Additional Information regarding CDE CAASPP
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