California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

  • All public school districts in California must administer federal and state mandated assessments to measure student achievement.

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    The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is California's statewide student assessment system that was established January 1, 2014. 

    This year, your child will take the following test(s), depending on his or her grade level:

    • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English language arts/literacy (grades three through eight and grade eleven)
    •  Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in mathematics (grades three through eight and grade eleven)

    The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are online tests that measure what your child knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support he or she needs to be successful in school.

    California is in the process of implementing the California Next Generation Science Standards. As part of that implementation, students in grades five, eight and high school will try out a new test called the California Science Test, or CAST.

    To learn more about either the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page at

    You can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal at

    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 the CAASPP assessments.

    For information on specific dates and times when your child will take the test in each subject, please contact your school.