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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

The State Superintendent Board of Education (SBE) is seeking a variety of waivers from the Federal government regarding CAASPP testing for 2021.  This web page will be updated as new information becomes available from SBE. More detail is provided here: State Superintendent Board of Education Approves Additional Testing Flexibility for Schools This Spring


CAASPP 2021 District Testing Window:  March 8 - June 8, 2021.

For the 2021 spring administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), students in 11th grade will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests remotely and grade 5, 8, and 12 students will take the California Science Test (CAST) remotely. There is currently no option to take the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) remotely. If your child receives Special Education services and has an IEP which indicates they are to take the CAA for Science test, you can ignore this communication. We will keep you informed if we receive information regarding a remote testing option for the CAA. For your school's testing window, please contact your school office.

You can prepare for CAASPP SBAC testing by following steps in How Students Access CAASPP.  Please visit this web site for additional information.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is the state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English language arts, mathematics, and science. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the computer adaptive tests in English and math in the spring. Students in grades 5, 8, and an assigned high school grade will also take the tests in science. For the testing window, please check the State-Required Assessment Calendar. If you would like more information regarding your school’s schedule, please contact your school’s main office.

Following the spring testing, students will receive individual score reports electronically as outlined in the gray box above. Reports will include an overall score, and description of the student’s achievement level for English language arts, mathematics, and science if applicable. If you would like more information, please visit the CDE CAASPP Web page.

Students enrolled in the Spanish Dual Immersion program in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 will also take the California Spanish Assessment (CSA). For questions regarding the CSA, please contact the Federal and State Programs Department.

Parents and guardians have the right to exempt their child from taking the CAASPP assessments. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s participation, please contact your school’s principal.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) uses:

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) online assessments
  • California Science Test (CAST)
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) - for Special Education students

These assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards in literacy and mathematics and include more rigorous content than the previous tests. Through CAASPP, districts will be able to gain valuable information and monitor student progress to ensure that all students master the new standards and are prepared for college and career opportunities beyond high school.

Student score reports (SSRs) will be available electronically via the Illuminate Home Connection Parent Portal. Approximate release dates are as follows:

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) for English language arts (ELA) and math: Summer
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and math: Summer
  • California Science Test (CAST): December
  • California Spanish Assessment*: December
    *Only administered at Spanish Immersion Schools for grades 3, 4, 6, and 7

We are committed to keeping our parents informed about the new Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments.