Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment and Evaluation

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Stephanie Henry, Ed.D.
Director, Assessment and Evaluation
California School Dashboard Coordinator
(714) 999-5641
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Teresa Rodarte (Spanish Speaker)
Senior Administrative Assistant
(714) 999-2169
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Araceli Correa-Arrizon
Assessment Tech.
(714) 999-3554
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Information Effective January 1, 2016

Senate Bill (SB) 172 suspends the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) as a condition of receiving a diploma for students in the graduating classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018. The law also requires school districts to grant a diploma to any student who completed grade twelve in the 2003-04 school year or later, if the student has met all applicable graduation requirements other than passing the CAHSEE.

Please contact District Registrar in the Transcript Office, Stacy Musgrave, at 714-999-3586, if you believe you may qualify for a high school diploma. You may contact us at any time, although diplomas cannot be awarded prior to January 1, 2016.

For more information about the suspension of the CAHSEE, please refer to the California Department of Education Website: FAQs About the Suspension of CAHSEE


Testing Calendar

2016-2017/Block-Out-Days Student/Teacher Calendar

Assessment and Evaluation 2017-2018 Testing Calendar


Parent Guides - Understanding your Student Score Report 2017

Grade 7_Parent Guide_CAA ELA and Math_Spanish_2017.pdf

Grade 7_Parent Guide_SBA ELA and Math_Spanish_2017.pdf

Grade 8_Parent Guide_CAA ELA Math Science_English 2017.pdf

Grade 8_Parent Guide_SBA ELA Math CAST_English 2017.pdf

Grade 10 and 12_Parent Guide_CAST_English 2017.pdf

Grade 11_Parent Guide_CAA ELA Math Science_English 2017.pdf

Grade 11_Parent Guide_SBA ELA Math CAST_English 2017.pdf

Grade 11_Parent Guide_SBA ELA Math CAST_Spanish 2017.pdf

Grade 7_Parent Guide_CAA ELA and Math_English_2017.pdf

Grade 7_Parent Guide_SBA ELA and Math_English_2017.pdf

Grade 7_SBA ELA and Math_English_2017.pdf

Grade 8_Parent Guide_CAA ELA Math Science_Spanish 2017.pdf

Grade 8_Parent Guide_SBA ELA Math CAST_Spanish 2017.pdf

Grade 10 and 12_Parent Guide_CAA Science_English 2017.pdf

Grade 10 and 12_Parent Guide_CAA Science_Spanish 2017.pdf

Grade 10 and 12_Parent Guide_CAST_Spanish 2017.pdf

Grade 11_Parent Guide_CAA ELA Math Science_Spanish 2017.pdf


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


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