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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
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