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The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and are able to do and whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or a career when they graduate from high school.

Each spring, students take the following assessments:

GRADES 3–8 - Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics OR California Alternate Assessments (CAA)*

GRADES 5, 8 -  California Science Test OR CAA for Science*

*Available for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities if the CAA is designated in their active individualized education program.

2017 SCORE REPORTS - The CAASPP results give us a key measure of how well students are mastering California's challenging academic standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The skills called for by these standards—the ability to write clearly, think critically,and solve problems —are critical to success in college and 21st-century careers.

UNDERSTAND THE ASSESSMENTS The Parent Guides to Understanding provide answers to key questions such as who takes the assessments and why, and when and how they are administered.

UNDERSTAND YOUR CHILD’S SCORE REPORT Two-page summaries and videos are available online in English and Spanish to help you better understand the information on your child’s Student Score Report, including their overall score and their individual scores in each subject area. 

Learn more about what your child's score means using the Test Score Guide Web page, you can select your child’s grade and their score in English language arts/literacy or mathematics and see sample test questions. You can also find more information about what your child should know and be able to do in different grade levels at A series of parent guides are available in English and Spanish to help interpret the CAASPP Student Score Report and the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments at

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL DASHBOARD - The Dashboard shows how districts and schools are performing on test scores, graduation rates and other measures of student success.


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