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State Resources

2015–16 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Institutes are professional learning opportunities that focus on strategies for using CAASPP to improve teaching and learning, cross-district sharing and collaboration, and guided team planning time. The California Department of Education is partnership with the Sacramento County Offices of Education are providing these institutes.

CAASPP Overview

California's assessment system which is part of a comprehensive plan for high-quality teaching and learning in every school.

CAASPP Summative Assessments

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's (SBAC) Assessments for grades 3 through 8 and 11 for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.
  • Alternate Assessments are designed for students who have an individualized education program and who have a significant cognitive disability. These assessments are for students in grades 3-8 and 11 in ELA, mathematics, and science.
  • Science Assessments currently include the California Standards Tests (CST), California Modified Assessment (CMA), and California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA). Science assessments are being developed for grades 5, 8, and 10 that align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) assesses students' reading/language arts skills in grades 2 through 11. It is an optional test.

Other Summative State Assessments

California English Language Development Test (CELDT) assesses students in kindergarten through grade twelve whose home language is not English in English language proficiency (ELP). In California, the ELP assessment is the CELDT.


Instructional Resources

California's Formative Assessment System

  • The Formative Assessment Process is a Smarter Balanced document describing the four overarching attributes of the formative assessment process.
  • Interim Assessments are ELA and mathematics resources for grades K–12 which provide on-going monitoring of student progress toward mastery of the California State Standards.
  • Digital Library has tools and practices that help teachers use formative assessment processes to improve teaching and learning. These optional resources are available to all California K-12 teachers.
  • Sample items and performance tasks provide an early look into the depth of understanding of the CCSS that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment system.

Resources on Formative Assessment Practices

Parent Resources

Sample CAASPP Student Score Report

Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports

Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments:
Grades 3 – 5
| Grades 6 – 8 | Grade 11

Short Videos

Smarter Balanced Parents Factsheet (English) | Smarter Balanced Parents Factsheet (Spanish)
Describes how new tests based on the State Standards can help prepare students to graduate high school ready for college and the workplace.

Creating a Computer Adaptive Test (English) | Creating a Computer Adaptive Test (Spanish)
This document describes the two criteria for creating an online, adaptive test and how the adaptive software works for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments.

Accessibility and Accommodations: Meeting the Needs of all Students (English)
Accessibility and Accommodations: Meeting the Needs of all Students (Spanish)
This document highlights the timeline for research and development that was key to the work behind creating online assessments that support learning for all students.

Practice and Training Tests
This link accesses both the Practice and Training Tests portal. The Practice Tests provide students with grade-specific testing experiences that are similar in structure and format to the Summative Assessments. The Training Tests provide students with the opportunity to quickly become familiar with the software and interface features. The Training Tests are organized by grade-bands (e.g., 3–5).

State Standards Resources for Parents and Guardians
These resources have been compiled for parents and guardians interested in learning more about the California Standards (CCSS) and how to support their child's attainment of these standards.


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Page updated on: December 20, 2017

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