California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
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 testing is administered online, and includes the following assessments:
Smarter Balanced Assessments
The Smarter Balanced Assessments are part of the state testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP.
The 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.
The California Science Test
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.
The California Alternate Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA), Mathematics, and Pilot Test for 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.
Standards Test in Spanish (STS)
Spanish-speaking English learners who have been enrolled in the United States public schools less than 12 months will take the STS in addition to the English language tests for their grade level. These are paper-pencil assessments.
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.
English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC)
The ELPAC is the test that is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English when it is not their primary language. For more information on the ELPAC, please click here to visit our English Learners Informational Page.
Physical Fitness Testing
Students in fifth, seventh, and ninth grade participate in fitness testing each spring. The tests cover six areas of fitness. The window for administration runs February through April. Click here for more information on the components of the Physical Fitness Testing.