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About the assessments

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is administered through an online platform every spring.  This includes:
  • Smarter Balanced assessments for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 7, 8, and 11
  • California Alternate Assessment (CalALTs) for ELA and Math in grades 7, 8, and 11
  • California Science Test (CAST) grades 8 and high school 
  • California Alternate Assessment (CalALT) for Science in grades 8 and high school
 The CAST and CAA for Science tests will be field tested in the spring of 2018.
The CAASPP assessments allow students to demonstrate analytical writing, critical thinking, and problem solving skills along with their knowledge of facts in ELA, mathematics, and science.

Results from the CAASPP assessments should not be compared to the scores previously received on the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program tests given in previous years. The CAASPP assessments involve very different types of test questions and a different approach to scoring. 

Overall state and district results will be released in late August/early September. Individual student results will be mailed home to families in September. For further explanation of the CAASPP assessments and to help parents understand their child's results, review the grade level interpretation guides provided by the California Department of Education (CDE). 

Understanding the results

After students take the Smarter Balanced assessments, their results are reported in two primary ways: scale scores and achievement levels. On this page, you can learn more about scores, as well as how achievement levels were determined and how they are used by educators and parents.
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Additional information and resources

If you have questions regarding the information in the CAASPP report or the testing program in general, please contact your child’s teacher or principal. Additional resources are included below.