California State Superintendent’s Assessment Recommendations

Note: This WestEd project was completed in 2016.


As part of an assessment law enacted in June 2014, the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction was charged with recommending how to enhance and improve the California Assessment System of Performance and Progress (CAASPP), and submitting those recommendations to the California State Board of Education and California legislature by March 2016.

The California Department of Education (CDE) partnered with WestEd to conduct the following activities that informed the Superintendent about his recommendations for building an integrated, comprehensive, and coherent California system of student assessments:

  • Reviewed all existing documentation associated with the CAASPP expansion initiative
  • Reviewed all key resources about effective and comprehensive assessment systems
  • Developed a conceptual framework, including principles that would guide any assessment expansion or enhancement
  • Convened state policy leaders to provide feedback on the framework and to consider possible strategies for expanding the CAASPP program
  • Developed a set of recommendations for the department that focused on a feasible, stakeholder supported plan for effectively and responsibly expanding the CAASPP
  • Developed a final report that synthesizes all collected information and articulates a vision for a comprehensive assessment system in California