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California's New Testing Program

Information on the state's new online tests in English and math, called CAASPP, which improve learning by providing more accurate and timely measures of student progress toward career and college readiness.

California students in grades three through eight and eleven will take a test this spring that is part of a comprehensive plan for high-quality teaching and learning in every school. The plan includes higher academic standards, more decision-making in the hands of schools and communities, and more resources dedicated to schools and to students with the greatest needs.

Starting in late January 2016, districts will administer Smarter Balanced Assessments, computer-based tests aligned with the state's rigorous new standards for English language arts/literacy and math. Smarter Balanced is part of a comprehensive new testing program called California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program that expired on July 1, 2013. The test was first given in 2015.

CAASPP Frequently Asked Questions
Common questions and answers to help California educators communicate about the Smarter Balanced Assessment System with students

Communications Toolkit
Useful information for California educators, to help them communicate about the Smarter Balanced Assessment System with students, parents, the media, local school boards, and the general public.

CAASPP Results
Beginning with the 2013–14 school year, CAASPP became the new student assessment system in California, replacing the Standardized Testing and Reporting system (STAR). For STAR testing results from previous school years, visit the STAR Test Results Web page.

Questions: Communications Division | communications@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0818 
Last Reviewed: Friday, January 29, 2016
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