California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress CAASPP System
The assessments in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) are an important part of the state assessment system. The assessments provide information that can be used to determine how well students are achieving on state standards. These standards describe the knowledge and skills students should learn in each grade. All students in grades three through eight, and eleven in California's public schools participate in CAASPP each spring. This includes students with disabilities and students who are English learners.
CAASPP tests are administered online, and include the following assessments:
Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments
The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are part of the state testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP. Smarter Balanced Assessments are online assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. They are aligned to the California State Standards and are given in grades 3 to 8 and grade 11.
California Science Test (CAST)
California has adopted science standards called the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS). These standards tell us what students should know and be able to do in science. The CA NGSS is designed to help students understand how science works in the natural world. They also help students learn the knowledge and skills they need for college and careers. The CAST is aligned with the CA NGSS. The CAST will also test the student’s ability to think critically and solve problems like scientists and engineers. The CAST is administered to all students in grades 5 and 8, and high school, depending on when they take their last science class.
California Alternate Assessments (CAA) for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA), Mathematics, and Science
The California Alternate Assessments are part of the state testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP. The California Alternate Assessments are designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Students are eligible only if an alternate assessment is indicated in their active individualized education program (IEP) by the IEP team.
You can learn more about CAASPP by visiting the parent web page called Starting Smarter, available at https://ca.startingsmarter.org/.
This family-focused website provides resources to facilitate parents’/guardians’ understanding of the scores presented on their child’s Student Score Reports. Using these websites, families can become involved in their child’s educational progress and:
- Learn more about the performance areas in each subject and grade.
- See sample test questions.
- Prepare for parent-teacher conferences with a useful downloadable guide.
- Access high-quality resources to support learning at home.
If your child has completed California State Standardized Assessments, you can find more information about accessing Electronic Student Score Reports here: https://www.sbsd.k12.ca.us/scores.
Opt-Out Information - Education Code 60615
In accordance with California Education Code 60615, a parent request to opt-out of Smarter Balanced Testing, submitted to the school in writing prior to the start of testing, shall be granted.