California Science TestCalifornia's statewide science assessment for students in grades five and eight and once in high school.
The statewide California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System includes federally required science assessments in grades five and eight and once in high school (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve).Since the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS) in 2013, the California Department of Education has been developing a new science assessment—the California Science Test (CAST)—aligned with these standards.
All eligible grade twelve students must take the CAST if they did not participate in the 2017–18 CAST field test. In addition, local educational agencies (LEAs) have the option to test any or all students in grades ten or eleven; however, it is recommended that LEAs select grade ten or eleven students who are enrolled in their last high school science course. Note that once a high school student takes the CAST, that student is ineligible to take the test again.
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 2018–19 and 2019–20 school years.
- Assessment System Chart (PDF) lists the tests of the 2018–19 California assessment system by subject content, test name, test type, student participant groups, grade levels, and testing window time frame.
Resources and Communication Materials
Talking to Parents About the CAASPP (PPTX; 5MB)
Preliminary Indicator Communication Toolkit provides resources, including key messages, a reporting timeline, transition to operational status, frequently asked questions, letter templates for LEAs, and other tools to assist LEAs in providing information about the preliminary indicators for the science assessments to educators, parents and guardians, and other stakeholders.
- California Science Teachers Association
- National Science Teachers Association
- California Science Project
- National Academy of Sciences
- Next Generation Science Standards
- Achieve NGSS Resource web page
Quick Reference Guides, which provide step-by-step instructions on how to start a:
- CAST training test session
- CAST operational test session (This resource is intended for California educators and requires district log-in credentials.)
Science reference tools for students in grade eight and high school , includes resources available online to all students:
- Periodic table of elements
- Reference sheets that include formulas and constants
Scores and Results Reporting
The CAASPP website will contain the preliminary indicator summary results for the 2017–18 administration of the California Alternate Assessment for Science, year 2 pilot in fall 2018. Those aggregated results will be reported by the state, county, LEA, and school levels as well as by student groups. Caution should be used when interpreting the preliminary indicator results, given that the assessments are not yet operational.
Reporting Science Assessments Results—2017–18 Timeline provides LEAs, schools, and other stakeholders with information about releasing the science results to parents/guardians and the public.
Laws, Regulations, and Requirements
CAASPP Regulations (DOC)
CAST Blueprint (PDF)