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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System

California's new statewide student assessment system.

CAASPP System

On January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the CAASPP System of assessments. The CAASPP - CalEdFacts Web page provides a more detailed overview of the system. For 2014–15, the CAASPP System includes the following required assessments and tools:

CAASPP Flash and Update

To receive regular updates on the latest information about the CAASPP System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments, join the California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) CAASPP e-mail list by sending a blank e-mail to: subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

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CAASPP Info

The CAASPP Chart describes the tests administered to California’s students in the 2014–15 school year as part of the CAASPP System. For more information, including ordering paper-pencil tests and accessing the Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests, visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) CAASPP Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

CAASPP Regulations (DOC) – California Code of Regulations that regulate the CAASPP System, including, but not limited to, definitions, testing windows, administration requirements, and data elements. These regulations were adopted by the State Board of Education, July 9, 2014, and became effective August 28, 2014.

CAASPP 101 (PDF; 1MB) An overview of the 2014–15 CAASPP System, including administration and reporting. These materials are intended for local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP and site coordinators, other administrators, teachers, parents, and others who seek a basic understanding of the CAASPP System.

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Coordinators, Admins, & Teachers

Assistance for Local Educational Agencies

  • Practice Tests External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides students with grade-specific testing experiences that are similar in structure and format to the Summative Assessments.

  • Training Tests External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides students with opportunities to quickly become familiar with the software and interface features. The Training Tests are organized by grade-bands (e.g., 3–5).

  • Performance Task Overview External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides an overview of performance tasks and the purpose of the classroom activity as it pertains to the performance tasks.

  • Let's Talk Universal Tools External link opens in new window or tab.
    Acquaints students and teachers with the online, universal tools (e.g., types of calculators, expandable text) available in the Smarter Balanced assessments.

  • Instructional Uses for Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests External link opens in new window or tab.
    Assists teachers with integrating assessment strategies and technology skills from the Practice and Training Tests into daily classroom instruction.

  • Keyboard Commands for Students External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
    Provides keyboard commands students and teachers can use to navigate between test elements, features, and tools.

  • Sample Items and Performance Tasks External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides sample items and performance tasks for ELA and mathematics.

Student Accessibility Supports

The CAASPP system provides assessment supports for all students, including those who are English learners and students with disabilities. Teachers are encouraged to review these supports early in the school year and provide opportunities for students to experience these supports throughout their classroom instructional and assessment experiences.

Related Resources

Grade Two Diagnostic Assessments

The Grade Two Diagnostic Assessments Request for Information issued by the CDE is for the purpose of soliciting information about currently available diagnostic assessments for English-language arts and mathematics for students in grade two.

Apportionment Information

Information regarding the apportionment reimbursements to LEAs for assessments administered as part of the CAASPP System.

Professional Learning Modules

Professional learning modules (PLMs) are available at no cost to educators on the California Department of Education-sponsored Brokers of Expertise Web site External link opens in new window or tab.. These modules are intended to help teachers transition to the Common Core State Standards and can be taken individually or as a group.

Digital Library

The Digital Library provides teachers with resources, tools, and professional learning opportunities that help teachers engage in the formative assessment process.

Common Core State Standards

In 2010, more than 45 states adopted the same standards for English-language arts and mathematics. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

Technology

Coming Soon

Students & Parents

The CAASPP System is intended to provide parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning. Because the Smarter Balanced Assessments, which are administered as part of the CAASPP System, are computer adaptive, these Assessments will also provide better information about the needs and successes of individual students.

Parent Resources

Practice Tests External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides students with grade-specific testing experiences that are similar in structure and format to the Summative Assessments.

Training Tests External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides students with opportunities to quickly become familiar with the software and interface features. The Training Tests are organized by grade-bands (e.g., 3–5).

Student Resources

Multiplication Table (1–9)
This resource is a single digit (1–9) multiplication table that is a non-embedded accommodation for grade 4 mathematics items and above. This is to be used only for students with a documented and persistent calculation disability (i.e., dyscalculia). It can be printed for students requiring this accommodation.

Keyboard Commands for Students External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Provides keyboard commands students can use to navigate between test elements, features, and tools.

Other Resources

Smarter Balanced Parents and Student Page External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides access to fact sheets, questions and answers, and resources in English and Spanish.

Contact Info

California Department of Education
Assessment Development and Administration Division

1430 N Street, Suite 4409
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-8765
E-mail: caaspp@cde.ca.gov

California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC)
Educational Testing Service
Phone: 1-800-955-2954
E-mail: caltac@ets.org

For additional CAASPP information, view the testing contractor’s CAASPP Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
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