CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance) is the new, online, computer-based version of the state mandated tests.  The 2014-15 school year is the first year that this test will be officially adopted and used by every public school system in the state of California.  All students in grades 3-6 will be required to take this test in March and April of 2015.  All CAASPP tests will be taken through the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) online system.  
         In order to prepare students to take these computer based tests, students will practice all the necessary skills for success.  Students in grades 3-6 will learn and practice keyboarding skills, word processing techniques, and composing written works on the computer.
         One tool that will be used to get students ready for their testing are the CAASPP official practice tests. These tests are shorter, but provide examples of the material and types of questions the students will see on the actual exams.  Sample versions of the CAASPP practice tests can be found here.  Students will also be using Microsoft to help introduce them to the basic word processing skills needed for composing written works within the CAASPP tests.  They will also use this program to help them practice composing written work solely using the computer.  
    For more information about the CAASPP tests or the SBAC testing system, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/ (CAASPP) or http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/index.asp (SBAC).