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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.

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

California Assessment Timeline (PDF)
Assessment administration timeline for the 2019–2020, 2020–21, and 2021–22 school years.

Assessment System Chart (PDF)
The 2019–20 California assessment system, listed by subject content, test name, test type, student participant groups, grade levels, and testing window time frame.

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 30, 2019
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    Approved apportionment rates for local educational agency administration of the 2018–19 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress System (CAASPP).
  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 55 (added 31-Jul-2019)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, July 31, 2019.
  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 54 (added 17-Jul-2019)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, July 17, 2019.
  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 53 (added 11-Jul-2019)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, July 10, 2019.