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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

CAASPP 2023 District Testing Window:  April 24 - June 1, 2023. 

For the 2023 spring administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), students in grades 3 through 8  will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests in English language arts and mathematics.  Grade 5, 8, students will take the California Science Test (CAST). 

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The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is the state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English language arts, mathematics, and science. Students in grades 3-8  will take the computer adaptive tests in English and math in the spring. Students in grades 5, 8,  will also take the tests in science. 

Following the spring testing, students will receive individual score reports electronically via Aeries. Reports will include an overall score, and description of the student’s achievement level for English language arts, mathematics, and science if applicable. If you would like more information, please visit the CDE CAASPP Web page.

Parents and guardians have the right to exempt their child from taking the CAASPP assessments. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s participation, please contact your school’s principal.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) uses:

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) online assessments
  • California Science Test (CAST)
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) - for Special Education students

These assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards in literacy and mathematics and include more rigorous content than the previous tests. Through CAASPP, districts will be able to gain valuable information and monitor student progress to ensure that all students master the new standards and are prepared for college and career opportunities beyond high school.

Parent Guides to Understanding - key information about each of California's assessment programs and how parents and guardians can support their children's success. (Translations of these documents will be available on the CDE website soon.

Student score reports (SSRs) will be available electronically via Aeries Parent Portal. Approximate release dates are as follows:

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) for English language arts (ELA) and math: Summer (parent guide for SSR  click on link: English, Spanish)
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and math: Summer
  • California Science Test (CAST): December ( parent guide for SSR click on link:  English, Spanish)


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