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Information regarding the development, coordination, and implementation of statewide testing programs in California.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is committed to establishing innovative achievement and proficiency assessments for students. These assessments include item types that model and promote high-quality teaching and student learning and ensure that all of California students are well prepared for college and careers in today’s competitive global economy.


California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Assessments

Smarter Balanced System of Assessments, California Science Test, California Alternate Assessments, California Spanish Assessment, and Grade Two Diagnostic Assessments

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

High School Equivalency Tests (HSET)

California Proficiency Program (CPP)

Resources and Communication Materials

Assessment System Chart (PDF)
The 2022–23 California assessment system, listed by subject content, test name, test type, student participant groups, grade levels, and testing window timeframe.

California Assessment Timeline (PDF)
Presents the assessment administration timeline.

Site Administrator Presentations
Presentations designed for site administrators about state assessments.

Parent Guides to Understanding

English–Spanish Education and Assessment Glossary
Translation glossary for assessment-related communications prepared by the CDE.

Testing Resources

Available Resources by Test

Quick Reference Guides

Assessment Fact Sheets

Assessment Meetings and Networks

Regional Assessment Network (RAN)
Contact information for RAN members by county.

Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting
Program presentations and other resources from the CDE’s annual Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting.

Archived Assessments

California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)

Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program Results

Questions:   Assessment Development and Administration Division | 916-319-0803
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
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