Statewide Testing Notification
California students take several mandated statewide tests. These tests provide parents/guardians, teachers, and educators with information about how well students are learning and becoming college and career ready. The test results may be used for local, state, and federal accountability purposes.
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests consist of the following:
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Assessments:
The Smarter Balanced computer adaptive assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests are administered in grades three through eight and grade eleven to measure whether students are on track to college and career readiness. In grade eleven, results from the ELA and mathematics assessments can be used as an indicator of college readiness.
California Science Tests (CAST):
The computer-based CAST measures students’ achievement of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) through the application of their knowledge and skills of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts. The CAST is administered to all students in grades five and eight and once in high school (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve).
California Alternate Assessments (CAAs):
Only eligible students—students whose individualized education program (IEP) identifies the use of alternate assessments—may participate in the administration of the CAAs. Test examiners administer the computer-based CAAs for ELA, mathematics, and science one-on-one to students. Students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will take the CAA for ELA and mathematics. Test items developed for ELA and mathematics are aligned with the CCSS and are based on the Core Content Connectors.
Students in grades five and eight and once in high school (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve) will take the CAA for Science. The CAA for Science embedded performance tasks are based on alternate achievement standards derived from the CA NGSS. Students taking the CAA for Science will take three embedded performance tasks in spring 2019.
California Spanish Assessment (CSA) for Reading/Language Arts:
The optional CSA for Reading/Language Arts in Spanish is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards en Español. This computer-based test allows students to demonstrate their Spanish skills in listening, reading, and writing mechanics.
Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60615, parents/guardians may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse their child from any or all of the CAASPP assessments.
English Language Proﬁciency Assessments for California:
California will transition from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the English Language Proﬁciency Assessments for California (ELPAC) in 2017–18. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It consists of two separate English Language Proﬁciency (ELP) assessments: one for the initial identiﬁcation of students as English learners and the other for the annual summative assessment to identify students’ English language proﬁciency level and to measure their progress in learning English.
Physical Fitness Test:
The physical fitness test for students in California schools is the FitnessGram®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting lifelong habits of regular physical activity. Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test.
California Department of Education | August 2018
Convenient—Now families will be able to securely access current and historical electronic Student Score Reports by smartphone, tablet, or computer through the district’s parent portal. Receiving a child’s test results will no longer rely on a one-time mailing that may or may not reach the family.
Prompt—Families will have earlier access to their child’s electronic Student Score Report. In past years, families had to wait for the paper version of the Student Score Report to arrive in the mail.
Efficient—The district costs associated with shipping, such as postage and staff time to package and mail paper Student Score Reports, will be greatly reduced or eliminated. School districts may continue to communicate using traditional paper reports for cases in which it is necessary or more appropriate.
Engaging—Electronic Student Score Reports promotes the increased use of a district’s parent portal as part of a secure “one-stop shop” for families to access their child’s school information, such as assignments, test results, grades, and attendance records.
Accessible—The electronic Student Score Reports will be available in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, and Filipino. In the future Student Score Reports will also be made available in other languages.
Contemporary—Because the electronic Student Score Reports are not limited to one sheet of paper, they provide a future opportunity to deliver more dynamic and detailed information about a student’s progress.