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The Quick Reference Guides provide step-by-step instructions for how to accomplish a task or activity within California’s assessment programs.

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment

Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments

California Science Test (CAST)

California Alternate Assessments (CAA)

California Spanish Assessment (CSA)

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, August 14, 2020
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    Information about the Initial English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).
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    Frequently asked questions related to COVID–19 and assessment.
  • CAA for Science Item Content Specifications (added 24-Sep-2020)
    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.