CAASPP testing will be held March 8, 2021 - May 7, 2021
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) 
California requires all school districts to administer the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. These assessments are comprehensive end of year assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. The Smarter Balanced Assessment System utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. This system is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.
Students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in the Smarter Balanced assessments for English Language Arts and Math. Students in grades 5, 8 and once in high school participate in the Smarter Balanced assessment for Science. 
Your child's scores will be available through the PowerSchool portal approximately 4 weeks after testing ends. Scores in each area are rated on a four level scale:
  • Level 4 (Standard Exceeded
  • Level 3 (Standard Met)
  • Level 2 (Standard Nearly Met)
  • Level 1 (Standard Not Met)
These scores do not affect your child's grades. They simply help you and the school understand your child's strengths, and where he/she needs support. They also help the state get a clearer picture of how well schools are meeting students' needs. 


Smarter Balanced Assessment Video


Ca Science Test Informational Video


Early Assessment Program (EAP) for Juniors
Early Assessment results are accepted by participating California Community Colleges (CCC) as well as California State University's (CSU). Students in grade eleven taking the California Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics, choose to release the results of both ELA and mathematics at the end of each assessment to the CSU and/or CCC in which they have enrolled. Releasing the results will not affect a student's application for admission. Results are used to determine placement after the student has been admitted to a California State University. 
Students who intend to enroll at a CSU or a CCC are encouraged to release their results by selecting the “bubble” at the end of the ELA and mathematics CAASPP assessments. The CAASPP results can be released to the CSU or CCC only through this process. Students who choose at the time of testing not to release their results, may be required to provide a copy of their CAASPP Student Score Report to the specific CSU campus or participating Community College.
More information can be found at CSUsuccess  and  Early Assessment Program


How does the Smarter Balance Assessment work?
  • Computer Based: Some questions are interactive, and a greater variety of support tools can be provided to eligible students, such as magnification of text, and text-to-speech read-aloud questions. 
  • Computer Adaptive: Students receive test questions that provide unique information about what they know and can do. A correct answer is followed by a more difficult question, and an incorrect answer is followed by an easier question. This provides a more precise estimate of student understanding. 
  • Realistic Context for Tasks: Knowledge is assessed in context—for example, students are asked to select a word of the same meaning to replace a word in a paragraph, rather than to choose a synonym for a word standing alone. In addition, students will need to provide open-ended answers for some questions, rather than selecting from multiple options, and will be asked to write short essays that will need to be scored by hand. 
  •  No Time Limits: Students can take the time they need to do their best. 
English language arts, math and science are organized into two sections:


Questions: Series of questions, estimated to take 1-2 hours.

Performance Task: One real-world problem requiring multiple steps (and extended writing in language arts), estimated to take 1-2 hours.

Assessments do not need to be administered all at once. Each can be given over several days to accommodate teaching schedules and none of the tests are timed.