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Assessment Information

Administration dates and general assessment information for California public schools.

The California Department of Education (CDE) has a clear vision and commitment to establishing innovative assessments. These assessments include a variety of approaches and item types that model and promote high-quality teaching and student learning and set a course to ensure that all California students are well prepared to enter college and careers in today’s competitive global economy.

The purpose of the Assessment Information Web page is to provide details regarding the development, coordination, and implementation of statewide testing programs in California.

Statewide Assessment

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)
  • California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)
    Beginning with the Class of 2006, all public school students were required to pass the CAHSEE to earn a high school diploma. Senate Bill 172, signed into law effective January 1, 2016, suspended the CAHSEE diploma requirement and the administration of the CAHSEE through the 2017-18 school year.
California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)
Grade Two Diagnostic Assessments
High School Equivalency Tests (HSET)
  • High School Equivalency Tests (HSET)
    High school equivalency tests for students 18 years old and older, and 17 years old in some instances, for the purpose of receiving a California High School Equivalency Certificate.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)

General Information & Calendars

Program Assessment Calendars
Information Meetings
Testing Matrices for CAASPP, CELDT, and PFT
  • Matrix One
    Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for the CAASPP System
  • Matrix Two
    Matrix of variations, accommodations, and modifications for administration of the CAHSEE, CELDT, and PFT
  • Matrix Three
    Test variations for administration of the CAHSEE and PFT for English learners

Interested Assessment Partners

Student and Parents
  • Released Test Questions Portal
    A list of links to released test questions for CAHSEE, CELDT, and PFT as well as practice tests and question types for Smarter Balanced.
Administrators, Teachers, and Assessment Coordinators
Information Meetings

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Last Reviewed: Friday, January 29, 2016
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