California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress"The CAASPP results give us a key measure of how well students are mastering California’s challenging academic standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The skills called for by these standards—the ability to write clearly, think critically and solve problems—are critical to success in college and 21st century careers.
No single assessment can provide teachers with all the feedback they need to tailor instruction to meet the needs of their students. These results should be considered along with other measures of learning and in consultation with a student’s teachers. Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards in the same way, and the results provide information schools can use to improve teaching and learning.
--Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction