CA Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

  • The CA Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System is intended to provide parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning.  The assessments that comprise the CAASPP administration are a mix of online and paper-pencil assessments.  The online component contains the Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests.  The paper-pencil component includes CST/CMA/CAPA science tests.


    CAASPP Starting Smarter for Families
    The California Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and Educational Testing Service, launched a website to help empower parents/guardians and families to become partners in their children’s academic success:
    The family-focused website provides resources to facilitate parents’/guardians’ understanding of the scores presented on their child’s Student Score Reports. Using these websites, families can become involved in their child’s educational progress and:

    ·Learn more about the performance areas in each subject and grade.

    ·See sample test questions.

    · Prepare for parent-teacher conferences with a useful downloadable guide.

    ·Access high-quality resources to support learning at home.


    California PTA
    This website 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.
    Parent Guides to Understanding the CA Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
    The Parent Guides to Understanding are two-page flyers written in easy-to-understand language that answer key questions (what, why, who, how, and when) California's assessment programs. Information is also include about how parents can support their student's success..
    CA Alternate Assessment Parent Guide (Spanish)
    Academic Checkup
    A video about the Smarter Balanced assessments produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

An Academic Checkup

  • Understanding Your Child's CAASPP Score Report
    This video will help you and your child learn about California's new Student Score Report of year-end standardized test results.
    (Click here to access the video in Spanish)
    Understanding the Score Reports and Areas

    The website Starting Smarter is for parents and guardians to help understand the student score reports.

    Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment Practice and Training Tests
    Click on the link below to access 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)