TestingInformation 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
- Guidance on Diagnostic and Formative Assessments
Diagnostic and formative assessments can guide curriculum planning and teaching in an informed approach. This document provides guidance and free resources for local educational agencies to use in the blended models of returning to the classroom.
- COVID-19 Assessment FAQs
Frequently asked questions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and assessment.
- April 2020 CDE Update Webinar
Updates for Coordinators of Assessment, Accountability, and System of Supports.
- April 21, 2020 Webinar Notetaking Guide (DOCX)
Smarter Balanced System of Assessments, California Science Test, California Alternate Assessments, California Spanish Assessment, and Grade Two Diagnostic Assessments
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.
English–Spanish Education and Assessment Glossary
Translation glossary for assessment-related communications prepared by the CDE.
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