CAASPP Information

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CAASPP—California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

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 to students in 7th, 8th and 11th grade 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

CAASPP Results by State, County, District, and School

CAASPP Student Score Report Information

Understanding the CAA Student Score Report (Video)

Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report (Video)


California Science Test (CAST) for grades 8 and High School:

The CAST is given to students in 8th grade and once during our high school. Since the CAST is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and AUHSD has a three-year high school NGSS Curriculum, we will give the CAST to 11th Grade students. However, the state requires that any 12th grade student who did not take the CAST in 11th grade, must take the assessment in 12th grade.

CAST Assessment Fact Sheet Flyer (PDF)

California Science Test Informational Video

California Student Assessment Accessibility for Science Flyer (PDF)

CAST Training Tests Now Available (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”