State Testing- CAASPP
Each spring, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). This year, your child will take the following test(s), depending on his or her grade level:
- Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven
- California Science Test (CAST) in grades five, eight and once in high school
The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are online tests that measure what your child knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support he or she needs to be successful in school.
This year, your child’s Student Score Report will be sent electronically to the email address you provided in InfoSnap. Additional information on how to access and interpret the Student Score Report will be forthcoming.
To learn more about either the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, visit the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding. You can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal. For information on specific dates and times when your child will take the test in each subject, please contact your school office.
How to Help Your Child Prepare for the CAASP
You are an important part of your child's education. Some things you can do to help your child are:
- Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.
- Tell your child that you and his/her teacher have high expectations and that you are both there to help, every step of the way.
- Take a practice test with your child.
- Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.
Practice Tests & Parent Guide