California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

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California's statewide student assessment system.
On January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the CAASPP System of assessments.  The CAASPP System includes the following required assessments: 
  • Smarter Balanced Assessments – The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, Interim Assessments, and Digital Library are all part of the CAASPP System.  This Spring, students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 will take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
  • The California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics are given in grades three through eight and grade eleven. The CAA for Science is given to students in grades 5, 8, and high school. Only eligible students may participate in the administration of the CAAs.
  • California Science Tests (CAST) Students will be administered the CAST in grades 5, 8, and high school. The CAST is aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards.
Below are links to Parent Guides to Understanding. The Parent Guides to Understanding are two-page flyers written in easy-to-understand language that answer key questions (what, why, who, how, and when) California's assessment programs. Information is also include about how parents can support their student's success.
For additional information about CAASPP testing including testing dates, please contact your child's school.
Using the Test Score Guide Web page, you can select your child’s grade and their score in English language arts/literacy or mathematics and see sample test questions. You can also find more information about what your child should know and be able to do in different grade levels at