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CAASPP Testing

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
California Science Test (CAST)
Resources for Families
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and are able to do and whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or a career when they graduate from high school. These tests were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in mathematics and English language arts/literacy as they develop – grade by grade – the skills called for by the standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically and solve problems. Teachers, business leaders and public colleges and universities all support these long-term learning goals, because they reflect what students need to be prepared for the career and college experiences that await them. At CVCHS, our goal is for all students to achieve their full potential. The Smarter Balanced tests are just one way that we are able to better understand if we are meeting that goal. 
GRADE 11: Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics OR California Alternate Assessments (CAA- *Available for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities if the CAA is designated in their active individualized education program.)
  • March 16th - March 20th: Testing Window for CAASPP Mathematics Assessments for 11th Graders
  • March 23rd - March 27th: Testing Window CAASPP English Language Arts Assessments for 11th Graders
GRADE 12: California Science Test (CAST) OR California Alternate Assessment (CAA for Science *Available for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities if the CAA is designated in their active individualized education program.)
  • March 16th - March 27th: Testing Window for California Science Test for 12th Graders
GRADES 9 and 10: During our CAASPP/CAST Testing window, students in grades 9 and 10 will take their Spring MAP Exams. Though this is not a statewide assessment, this is a school/district benchmark exam that assesses student progress and college readiness that will be given during the same testing window as CAASPP/CAST.
  • March 16th - March 20th: Testing Window for MAP Mathematics and Science Assessments for 9-10th Graders
  • March 23rd - March 27th: Testing Window MAP English Language Usage and Reading Assessments for 9-10th Graders
The Parent Guides to Understanding provide answers to key questions such as who takes the assessments and why, and when and how they are administered.
Practice tests are available for parents and students. Practice tests are a great way to preview the test, view sample questions, and practice with the tools and resources (e.g., highlighter, calculator).
Practice Tests are available here:
Your students have been practicing these assessments throughout the year with their math and English teachers. Please reach out to your child's math or English teacher for more information. 
Two-page summaries and videos are available online in English and Spanish to help you better understand the information on your child’s Student Score Report, including their overall score and their individual scores in each subject area. Summaries:
Spring testing schedule



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

During the weeks of March 16th through March 27th, CVCHS will have a special schedule to accommodate testing. 
Spring Testing Schedule

ConvenientNow 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. 


PromptFamilies 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. 


EfficientThe 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. 


EngagingElectronic 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.  


AccessibleThe 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. 


ContemporaryBecause 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.