CAASPP Information

CAASPP Information


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Parent and Guardian CAASPP Notification Letter 2018 (PDF)


CAASPP—California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

2017-18 California Assessment System


Smarter Balanced Assessments

The Smarter Balanced assessment system is a valid, fair, and reliable approach to student assessment that provide educators, students, and parents meaningful results with actionable data to help students succeed.

The Summative Assessments, or end-of-year tests, determine students’ progress toward college and career readiness in English language arts/literacy and math. These are given in the spring of each school year and consist of two parts: a computer adaptive test and a performance task.
The summative assessments:

  • Accurately describe both student achievement (how much students know at the end of the year) and student growth (how much students have improved since the previous year) to inform program evaluation and school, district, and state accountability systems

  • Include writing at every grade and ask students to solve multi-step, real-world problems in mathematics

  • Capitalize on the strengths of computer adaptive testing by providing precise measurement and quick turnaround of results


Smarter Balanced Assessment System

Smarter Balanced Sample Test Items

CAASPP Score Report Guide and Sample Student Score Report

Reporting Scores: Scaled Scores and Achievement Levels

Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

Log on to CAASPP Practice Tests

Recursos en espanol

Smarter Balanced Accessibility and Accommodations


CAASPP Results


Understanding the CAA Student Score Report (Video)

Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report (Video)

Sample CAASPP Student Score Report (PDF)

Entendiendo el Reporte de Puntuación del Estudiante (Video)

Versión en Español—Muestra del reporte individual de los resultados 2015–16 de CAASPP (PDF) 

Parent Guide, Grades 6–8 (PDF)

Parent Guide, Grades 6–8, Spanish translation (PDF)

Parent Guide, Grade 11 (PDF)

Parent Guide, Grade 11, Spanish translation (PDF)

CAASPP Student Score Report Guide: ELA and Mathematics, and CST or CMA for Science, Grade 8 (PDF)

CAASPP Student Score Report Guide: CST or CMA for Science, Grade 10 (PDF) 

CAASPP Student Score Report Guide: ELA and Mathematics, Grade 11 (PDF)

CAASPP Specific Test Score Guide

CAASPP Cover Letter (PDF)

CAASPP Cover Letter for CAA (PDF)


Understanding CAASPP Reports-ALDs- Claims (PDF)

Understanding  Your Child’s Score Report (English) - youtube (Video)

Smarter Balanced Scale Score Ranges (PDF)

Parent Guides with Samples Flyer (PDF)

Parent Guide to the Smarter Balanced Assessments Grade 11 (PDF)

Parent Guide to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Grades 6-8 (PDF)

Grades 8 and 10 The Guide to your CAASPP Student Score Report--CAPA Science (PDF)

Grades 7 and 11 The Guide to your CAASPP Student Score Report--ELA and Math (PDF)

Grade 8 The Guide to your CAASPP Student Score Report--ELA Math and Science (PDF)

Grade 10_The Guide to your CAASPP Student Score Report--Science (PDF)

CAASPP Sample Score Report (PDF)

AUHSD CAASPP Cover Letter 2015--Updated 10-7-15 (PDF)

CAASPP Power Point


California Science Assessments for grades 8 and 10

During the transition to new science assessments, called Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the 2014–15 CAASPP System encompasses federally required science assessments in grades 5, 8, and 10.  These assessments include:  California Standards Tests [CSTs], California Modified Assessment [CMA], and California Alternate Performance Assessment [CAPA]. Information is provided about the content, types of questions, participation criteria, and other key targeted resources to assist with understanding the scope and requirements of these science assessments.


CA Science Assessments FAQs -  (CA Dept of Education) (PDF)


Alternate Assessments

Alternate assessments are based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The goal of the alternate assessment is to ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options. The alternate assessments are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.



California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

The summative California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics are to be administered to students in grades three through eight and grade eleven whose individualized education program teams designate the use of an alternate assessment on statewide assessments and who have a cognitive disability that prevents him or her from taking the online California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. This population of students has, in previous years, been assigned to take the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for ELA and mathematics. Students in grades five and eight who are assigned to take the CAAs will also take the CAPA for Science.

NEW—The CAAs are administered using the CAASPP secure browser on a variety of computing devices. The CAAs are delivered one on one by a trained CAA test examiner familiar to the student. (Source:

 “California Alternate Assessments—2016” 


CAPA Science

The CAPA is the alternate assessment for science.  This test is designed for students in grades 5, 8, and 10, who have an individualized education program (IEP) and who have a significant cognitive disability.  Students will participate in the CAPA Science Assessment Until there is a successor assessment aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).



CMA Science

  • In April 2007, the United States Department of Education enacted regulations for an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards. The California Department of Education, in response to the federal regulations, developed and implemented the California Modified Assessment (CMA) as an alternate assessment of the California content standards based on modified achievement standards for children with disabilities who have an individualized education program (IEP).

  • The use of Smarter Balanced Assessments for English-language arts and mathematics with the appropriate universal tools, designated supports, and/or accommodations replaces the CMA tests for those subjects.

  • CMA for Science will continue (as part of the implementation of AB 484) to be administered to students with disabilities in grades five, eight, and ten who have an IEP that identifies the use of the CMA for Science until a successor science test is developed. (Source