California Science Test Update
This Spring, all California 5th, 8th and selected high school level students will be taking a pilot of the new Next Generation Science Standards-based test, called California Science Test (CAST). This replaces the old California science standards test, which will no longer be administered.
The one-hour, computer-based test this Spring is a pilot, so individual student test score results will not be provided. It is a chance for students, teachers, schools and the state to get familiar with the test, and the logistics involved in implementing a new, computer-based test in science. The CAST is scheduled to be fully operation in spring 2019.
- You can find sample tests at www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html
- Find more information about this test and general NGSS implementation resources at: www.classroomscience.org/new-ca-science-test-what-you-should-know
- CRS NGSS web pages www.crscience.org/educators/standardssupport
- This site has a communications toolkit resource with easy-to-use “talking points” for sharing information with teachers, parents, and the community about the important transitions taking place in science teaching. http://cdefoundation.org/steam/ca4ngss/
- To help teachers and parents advocate for science funding at your school through state-provided “local control funds,” the Lawrence Hall of Science has assembled a very informative and helpful “LCAP toolkit”. www.lawrencehallofscience.org/programs_for_schools/lcap_toolkit