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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.  For 2017-2018, 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. 
  • 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 in grades five and eight and one time in high school. For the pilot test, all eligible grade twelve students will take the CAA for science, and LEAs have the option to test any grade ten or eleven student who has finished their last year of science instruction. Only eligible students may participate in the administration of the CAAs.
  • California Science Tests (CAST) will be field-tested in spring 2018. Students will be administered the CAST field test in grades five and eight and once in high school. All grade twelve students will be administered the field test, and local educational agencies (LEAs) can elect to administer the field test to any students in grade ten or eleven who have completed their science coursework. 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.