California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) SystemCalifornia's statewide student assessment system.
On January 1, 2014, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System was established. The primary purpose of the CAASPP System is to assist teachers, administrators, students, and parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.
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, 2019–20, and 2020–21 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.
Assessment Spotlight web page contains archives of all previous Assessment Spotlight emails. Send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive regular updates on the latest information about the statewide assessment system.
For Kids, by Kids Video Contest Winners
Who better to talk to students about testing than the students themselves? No one! That's why last spring, the CDE launched a video contest— “For Kids, By Kids.” During this contest, teams from schools across the state were challenged to come up with creative and engaging ways to encourage students to "do their best on the test." Following guidelines from the CDE, 28 teams submitted entries. Over 8,000 votes were cast from April through October of this year.
The winners of the CAASPP Video Contest are:
Day Creek Intermediate School (grades 3–5 category)
Etiwanda High School (high school category) (MP4; 02:12)
Science – It’s Elementary!
The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce a new contest, Science – It’s Elementary! Open to kindergarten through grade five California public school teachers, the CDE is calling for submissions demonstrating the use of the formative assessment process in the study of science. The contest seeks to feature classrooms where the formative assessment process is used to guide the study of science phenomena based on the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS).
The CAASPP System (PDF) includes the following required assessments and additional resources:
- Smarter Balanced Assessment System
- California Science Test
- California Alternate Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics
- California Alternate Assessment for Science
- California Spanish Assessment
- Grade Two Diagnostic Assessments