California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) SystemCalifornia's statewide student assessment system.
The Smarter Content Explorer
is a user-friendly web tool that helps bridge the gap between the language of test developers and the language used by teachers in the classroom every day. It combines the information provided in the Smarter Balanced Content and Item Specifications—key resources used in test and item development—into an easy-to-use search interface. A Smarter Content Explorer flyer
(PDF) is available for more information about this web tool.
- Five finalists were selected from the science contest to be featured at the California Assessment Conference, October 16–18, 2019, at the Oakland Convention Center. Watch their debut video, Science: It’s Elementary (MP4; 4:50).
On January 1, 2014, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System was established. The primary purpose of the CAASPP System is to assist teachers, administrators, students, and parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.
The following links provide additional information about the program:
CAASPP – CalEdFacts web page provides a more detailed overview of the tests.
California Assessment Timeline (PDF) presents the assessment administration timeline for the 2019–20, 2020–21, and 2021–22 school years.
Assessment System Chart (PDF) lists the tests of the 2019–20 California assessment system by subject content, test name, test type, student participant groups, grade levels, and testing window time frame.
Assessment Spotlight web page contains archives of all previous Assessment Spotlight emails. Send a blank email to email@example.com to receive regular updates on the latest information about the statewide assessment system.
The CAASPP System (PDF) includes the following required assessments and additional resources:
- Smarter Balanced Assessment System
- California Science Test
- California Alternate Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics
- California Alternate Assessment for Science
- California Spanish Assessment
- Grade Two Diagnostic Assessments
Resources and Communication Materials
Scores and Results Reporting
Assignment of Designated Supports and Accommodations – Files providing the number of accessibility supports assigned to students in each administration year.
CAAs One Percent Threshold Data – Files providing the results of the one percent survey from 2016–17 onward.