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CAASPP Communications Toolkit

The toolkit provides links to key communications about the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress System (CAASPP) and the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments.
The CAASPP System
The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are part of the CAASPP System that are given each spring to students in grades three through eight and grade eleven. They are based on California’s challenging content standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

Parent Communication Resources About the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

Several resources have been developed to help schools and districts better communicate with parents about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. These resources were developed based on parent focus groups and can be customized by districts and schools.

  • Letter to Parents – A letter that explains to parents that their child will be participating in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment. The letter is customizable and addresses some key questions that many parents will have about the assessments.
Videos

Brief student videos gives key information about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and how to get additional information about testing in the State of California.

2014–15 Videos
Smarter Balanced Web Site Links
California Alternate Assessments

California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science are part of the CAASPP system. The CAAs for ELA and mathematics are given in grades three through eight and grade eleven. The CAA for science is given in grades five and eight and one time in high school. For the pilot test, all eligible grade twelve students will take the CAA for science, and LEAs have the option to test any grade ten or eleven student who has finished their last year of science instruction. Only eligible students may participate in the administration of the CAAs.

Science Assessment

The California Science Test (CAST), which is based on the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, is given in grades five and eight and once in high school. For the field test, all grade twelve students will be administered the CAST, and local educational agencies can elect to administer the test to any students in grade ten or eleven who have completed their science coursework. Students have only one opportunity to take the CAST in high school.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, March 21, 2018.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 247 (added 15-Mar-2018)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, March 14, 2018.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 246 (added 12-Mar-2018)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, March 7, 2018.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 245 (added 06-Mar-2018)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, February 28, 2018.

  • CAASPP Update, Issue 244 (added 06-Mar-2018)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, February 21, 2018.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 243 (added 06-Mar-2018)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, February 15, 2018.