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2015-16 CAASPP Testing Windows


Pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 855, 2014–15

Subject and Grade Level Requirement Example
English language arts/literacy and mathematics, in grades 3‒8

The testing window shall not begin until at least 66 percent of a school’s annual instructional days have been completed, and testing may continue up to and including the last day of instruction for the regular school calendar.

For a 180-day school year, 66 percent of instructional days occur after the 120th instructional day, allowing for a 12-week window beginning on the 121st instructional day.

English language arts/literacy and mathematics, in grade 11

The testing window shall not begin until at least 80 percent of a school’s annual instructional days have been completed, and testing may continue up to and including the last day of instruction for the regular school calendar year.

For a 180-day school year, 80 percent of instructional days occur after the 144th instructional day, allowing for a 7-week window beginning on the 145th instructional day.

Science for CST*, CMA*, CAPA*,  in grades 5, 8, and 10

The testing window shall be administered during a window of 25 days that includes 12 days before and after completion of 85 percent of the school’s instructional days.

For a 180-day school year, 85 percent of a school year occurs after day 152. In this example, the test window would occur between days 141 and 164.

*CAPA:          California Alternate Performance Assessment
*CMA:            California Modified Assessment
*CST:             California Standards Test

On July 9, 2014, the California State Board of Education stated its intent to suspend the CAPA for English language arts/literacy and mathematics, and to field test a new alternate assessment.

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

Alternate format: Portable Document Format (PDF)

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, February 22, 2016
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