California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

  • The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress administration includes the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments; the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs), including the CAA for Science; and the California Science Tests (CASTs). The optional primary language test, the Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts (RLA).

    More information about CAASPP from the California Department of Education

Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

California Alternative Assessment (CAASPP CAA)

  • "The California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress system. The goals of the CAAs are to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for postsecondary options. The CAAs for ELA and mathematics are aligned with alternate achievement standards—called the Core Content Connectors (CCCs)—and linked to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)."

    Read more about the CAA.

    Testing window: March 1st-May 25th, 2018

    Read more about the CAASPP.


  • The California Science Test (CAST) is an online test based on the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). All local educational agencies (LEAs) with eligible students in high school (i.e., students in grades ten, eleven, or twelve) will be pre-selected and only one grade will participate in the pilot. The CAST pilot uses the current California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test delivery system and will only be administered online. Students will not receive scores for the pilot test; however, student participation data will be collected and reported for accountability.

    Who takes the CAST pilot? Participation in the CAST pilot is required for all students in grades five and eight, and for the pre-selected high school grades with the exception of eligible students who will take the California Alternate Assessment for Science pilot.

    View the CAST Informational Video (5:34) to learn more about CAST’s alignment to the California NGSS.

    Read more about the CAST.

    Read more about the CAASPP.

    Testing Window: March 1 - May 25, 2018

    Preparation Materials