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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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response for Assessments


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 High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)

Resources and Communication Materials

Assessment System Chart (PDF)
The 2020–21 California assessment system, listed by subject content, test name, test type, student participant groups, grade levels, and testing window timeframe.

California Assessment Timeline (PDF)
Assessment administration timeline for the 2020–21, 2021–22, and 2022–23 school years.

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 Meetings and Trainings

For more information on the available training materials and meetings regarding statewide assessment, go to the CDE Assessment Meetings and Trainings web page

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, July 07, 2020
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    Item content specifications describe how CAA for Science items are developed to assess the alternate standards derived from the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS).
  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 108 (added 21-Sep-2020)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, September 18, 2020.
  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 107 (added 15-Sep-2020)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, September 11, 2020.
  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 106 (added 15-Sep-2020)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, September 4, 2020.