TESTING AND ASSESSMENT


Spring 2017 marks the third year of the new state testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Like last year, students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take tests in English-language arts and mathematics online using a computer. These tests are also known as the Smarter Balanced Assessments. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will also take the pilot California Science Tests (CAST) that align to the Next Generation Science Standards. In the next few years, other tests in other subjects like history-social science, art, and technology will also be added.

The 2017-18 Testing Calendar shows the proposed dates for assessments throughout the year. Please note that some dates may change and exact testing dates will be provided by your child's school. 

The CAASPP system 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 career when they graduate from high school.  Test results will help identify and address gaps in knowledge or skills early on so students get the support they need to be ready for success in higher grades. 

Learn more about CAASPP scores at the CAASPP test score guide Web page, and find more general information about CAASPP on the CDE’s CAASPP Web page.

CAASPP school, district, and statewide scores can be viewed on the CAASPP scores Web page.

For more information on the California Assessment of Performance and Progress, please refer to the following documents:

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