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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)


On January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the CAASPP System of assessments. The CAASPP - CalEdFacts Web page provides a more detailed overview of the system. For 2014–15, the CAASPP System includes the following required assessments :

Please visit the California Department of Education website for more information: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/  

Guides for helping parents and guardians interpret the CAASPP student score reports can be found on the CDE Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports Web page. 

Smarter Balanced Assessments

The Smarter Balanced assessments are a key part of implementing the Common Core State Standards and preparing all students for success in college and careers.

  • The Common Core State Standards establish consistent academic expectations in English and mathematics for the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers. More than 40 states have adopted these standards and are working to provide teachers and students the support they need to reach them.

  • States are partnering in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to develop a new assessment system aligned to the Common Core to measure how well students are progressing toward readiness for college and careers.

  • The Smarter Balanced assessment system will replace existing tests, and offer significant improvements over tests of the past, including writing at every grade, new question types, and performance tasks that ask students to demonstrate an array of research, writing, and problem solving skills.

  • In addition to measuring student achievement at the end of the school year, the Smarter Balanced assessment system will provide information during the year to give teachers and parents a better picture of where students are succeeding and where they need help.

The work of Smarter Balanced is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help all students succeed—regardless of disability, language, or background.  The assessment system include a wide array of accessibility tools for all students and accommodations—such as Braille—for those who need them.

To access the student practice test, follow the link: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/

Please visit the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium website for Parents and Students: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents-students/

STAR Testing


The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program became inoperative on July 1, 2013. The STAR program was replaced by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system.

The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests are given each spring to all students in California in grades 2-11, as required by law. The Content Standards Tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics are aligned to the California State Standards and measure what is expected for California students to be able to do and to understand. The publisher reports the results in the following five levels of performance: Advanced, Proficient, Basic, Below Basic, and Far Below Basic. Students performing at Proficient or Advanced are considered to be meeting or exceeding state expectations. Students performing at the Basic level are close to approaching the state expectations. Students performing at Below Basic or Far Below Basic are not meeting state expectations.

Visit the California Department of Education website by clicking the following link:


Download the STAR Test Results

California Standard Test (CST) Science Reference Material

California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) Reference Material

California Modified Assessment (CMA) Reference Material