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California Assessments



The CAASPP System is intended to provide parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning. Because the Smarter Balanced Assessments, which are administered as part of the CAASPP System, are computer adaptive, these Assessments will also provide better information about the needs and successes of individual students. The CAASPP System (PDF) includes the following required assessments and additional resources.

  • Smarter Balanced Assessments – The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, Interim Assessments, and Digital Library are all part of the CAASPP System.
  • Summative Assessments The Smarter Balanced is given is administered in grades three through eight and eleven. Summative Assessments are comprehensive, end-of-year assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that measures progress toward college and career readiness. 
  • California Science Tests (CAST) is administered to students enrolled in grades five, eight, and students in grade twelve who did not take the CAST previously. This assessment is aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards. 
  • The California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics is administered in grades three through eight and grade eleven. The CAA for science is given to students enrolled in grades five, eight and eleven, and students in grade twelve who did not take the CAA Science previously. Only eligible students may participate in the administration of the CAAs.

Parent Resources

  • Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments
    These revised parent guides provide information about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and will help parents better understand their children’s test results.
  • CAASPP Student Score Report Information
    This page provides information for parents or guardians to help interpret the CAASPP student score report.
  • California PTA External link opens in new window or tab. – This Web site provides resources and information about the new Smarter Balanced assessments built to help students, parents, teachers, and school leaders know where students are on the path to success. Included on this Web site are updated resources to help understand your child's CAASPP scores.

Practice and Training Tests External link opens in new window or tab.
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).

Student Resources

Multiplication Table (1–9)
This resource is a single digit (1–9) multiplication table that is a non-embedded accommodation for grade 4 mathematics items and above. This is to be used only for students with a documented and persistent calculation disability (i.e., dyscalculia). It can be printed for students requiring this accommodation.

Keyboard Commands for Students External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Provides keyboard commands students can use to navigate between test elements, features, and tools.

Other Resources

Smarter Balanced Parents and Student Page External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides access to fact sheets, questions and answers, and resources in English and Spanish.

California Education Code Section 60800 requires each local educational agency (LEA) in California to administer a physical fitness test every year to all students in grades five, seven, and nine. The State Board of Education designated the FITNESSGRAM as the required Physical Fitness Test (PFT) for California public schools. The primary goal of the FITNESSGRAM is to assist students in establishing lifelong habits of regular physical activity.

The FITNESSGRAM tests six main fitness areas that represent three broad components of fitness: (1) Aerobic Capacity, (2) Body Composition, and (3) Muscle Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility. This third component is further divided into four areas: Abdominal Strength and Endurance, Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility, Upper Body Strength and Endurance, and Flexibility.

This brochure (Spanish Brochure)provides parents and guardians with information about aerobic capacity. Information about the other fitness areas is available in the brochure entitled “Parent and Guardian Guide to the Physical Fitness Test and the FITNESSGRAM.”

The ELPAC is the test that is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English when it is not their primary language. The ELPAC is taking the place of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Information from the ELPAC helps your child’s teacher provide support in the right areas.

To learn more about the ELPAC, please read the Parent Guide to Understanding the ELPAC.

La Prueba de Suficiencia en el Idioma Inglés de California o ELPAC por sus siglas en inglés, es una prueba usada para medir que tan bien entienden inglés los alumnos de kindergarten al doceavo grado, cuando no es su idioma natal. La ELPAC está reemplazando la Prueba de California de Desarrollo del Idioma Inglés (CELDT por sus siglas en inglés). La información de la ELPAC ayuda a los maestros de sus hijos a proporcionar apoyo en las áreas que se necesita. 

Para aprender más acerca de la ELPAC, por favor lea la Guía de padres para comprender la ELPAC.

Smarter Balance Practice Test for CAASPP

Smarter Balance Practice Test

Click the "sign in" button to bypass the login credentials and take the test. 


Beginning with the Class of 2006, students in California public schools were required to pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) to demonstrate competency in grade-level skills in reading, writing, and mathematics to earn a high school diploma. The content of the CAHSEE was based on content standards in English-language arts and mathematics that were adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) in 2003. In 2010, the SBE adopted the Common Core State Standards in English–language arts and mathematics.

Due to the change in academic standards, Senate Bill 172 (Liu) was signed by the Governor to suspend the administration of the CAHSEE and the requirement that students pass the CAHSEE to receive a high school diploma for the 2015–2016, 2016–2017, and 2017–2018 school years. The law required that schools grant a diploma to any pupil who completed grade twelve in the 2003–2004 school year or a subsequent school year and met all applicable graduation requirements other than the passage of the high school exit examination. The law further required the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene an advisory panel to provide recommendations to the Superintendent on the continuation of the high school exit examination and on alternative pathways to satisfy the high school graduation requirements pursuant to Education Code sections 51224.5 and 51225.3. The law became effective on January 1, 2016.