Rio District Assessments

New Era of Student Testing

Changes to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development will need to occur as a result of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in California. The resources provided below will support district and school site staff as they begin to explore the assessment implications of the Common Core State Standards.

Assessing the Common Core Standards in California: Life after the STAR program?

The current system of assessments in California, encompassed primarily under the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, are aligned to the state’s previous academic content standards. As California begins implementing the Common Core State Standards, the assessment system will need to evolve to reflect both the new standards as well as “next generation” assessment methodologies.

  • CDE Common Core Assessment
    This Department of Education website provides information on California’s transition to the common core standards and assessments, including information about the state’s participation in the SMARTER-Balanced Assessment Consortium.
  • Sample STAR Test Questions for Parents and Teachers
    This site provides sample questions from the California Standards Tests across all grade levels, subject areas, and performance levels; these can be used to illustrate how California’s standards are currently assessed.

SMARTER-Balanced Assessment Consortium

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is one of two multi-state collaborative groups that received Race-to-the-Top grants to develop student assessments aligned to the common core standards. In June 2011, California joined the SBAC in a governing role, providing the state with a vote in fiscal and policy decisions as well as the opportunity to participate in work groups developing various components of the new assessment system.

Next Generation Assessment

The new assessments being developed to measure student mastery of the common core state standards are expected to utilize computer-based technologies as well as encompass multiple item delivery and response formats. This includes computer-adaptive methodology, and both selected and constructed-response items that can explore greater breadth and depth of student understanding and thinking.

PARCC Assessment Information

Twenty-four states have joined together to create the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC or Partnership). The goal is to create an assessment system and supporting tools that will help states dramatically increase the number of students who graduate high school ready for college and careers and provide students, parents, teachers and policymakers with the tools they need to help students – from grade three through high school – stay on track to graduate prepared. The Partnership will also develop formative tools for grades K-2.