Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

CAASPP Testing Windows


Pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 855:

Subject and Grade Level Requirement Participants

Smarter Balanced

English language arts/literacy and mathematics, in grades 3‒8 and grade 111

Available testing window begins when 66 percent of instructional year has been completed and continues through thelast day of instruction:

LEAs may select their own testing window each year:

  • Schedule in Test Operations Management System (TOMS)
  • Minimum window of 25 instructional days
Must fall within the available testing window.

All students at the designated grade levels.

Exceptions:

  • Eligible students participating in alternate assessments
ELA only—English learners who are in their first 12 months of attending a school in United States.

California Alternate Assessment (CAA)

English language arts/literacy and mathematics, in grades 3‒8 and grade 11

March 20 through the last day of instruction or the end of the selected testing window. Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose individualized education program designates the use of an alternate assessment.

California Science Test (CAST)

in grades 5 and 8; sample of students in grades 10, 11, and 12
March 20 through the last day of instruction or the end of the selected testing window.

All students at the designated grade levels.

Exceptions:

Eligible students participating in the alternate assessments.

CAA for Science 

in grades 5 and 8; sample of students in grades 10, 11, and 12
March 20 through the last day of instruction or the end of the selected testing window. Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose individualized education program designates the use of an alternate assessment.

Standards-based Tests in Spanish

in grades 2–11
Optional
25-day window includes 12 instructional days before and after completion of 85 percent of instructional days. English learners at no cost to the LEA or non-English learners (e.g., pupils in dual immersion classrooms) at the cost of the LEA.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Emergency Regulations may be found on the California Department of Education CAASPP Regulations Web page.

 1 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments administered in grade 11 will be used for Early Assessment Program (EAP) purposes.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, April 24, 2017
Recently Posted in Testing
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 203 (added 27-Apr-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 26, 2017.
  • CAST Accessibility Supports - Operational Test (PDF) (added 26-Apr-2017)
    This document presents the lists of universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations for the operational California Science Test that aligns with the California Next Generation Science Standards.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 202 (added 20-Apr-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 20, 2017.
  • Grade 5—Numbers and Operations in Base Ten (added 18-Apr-2017)
    The Digital Library Instructional Learning Series links Smarter Balanced Digital Library resources with content from Interim Assessment Blocks.
  • 2016-17 Physical Fitness Testing Schedule (updated 18-Apr-2017)
    California Physical Fitness Testing Window and Data Submission Deadline Dates.

  • CAASPP Update, Issue 201 (added 14-Apr-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 12, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 198 (added 12-Apr-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, March 22, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 200 (added 07-Apr-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 5, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 199 (added 30-Mar-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, March 29, 2017.
  • Card Sort Blank Activity (added 27-Mar-2017)
    This is the Card Sort Blank Activity as provided at the 2017 CAASPP Institute Training.