CAASPP Testing in May

For parents and guardians of 3rd-5th graders:

Each spring, students in grades 3-8 and 11-12 participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) to provide information about their skills in English-language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science.  These assessments reflect California’s rigorous academic standards, and allow students to demonstrate analytical writing and critical thinking skills as well as their knowledge of facts.  CAASPP assessments provide one piece of information about student progress and should always be interpreted as one of multiple measures of a student’s skills. 


Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Assessments (SBAC) - Grades 3-8 and 11

The Smarter Balanced computer adaptive assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests are administered in grades three through eight and grade eleven to measure whether students are on track to college and career readiness. In grade eleven, results from the ELA and mathematics assessments can be used as an indicator of college readiness.

California Science Tests (CAST) - Grades 5, 8, and 11-12

The computer-based CAST measures students’ achievement of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) through the application of their knowledge and skills of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts. In 2022, the CAST will be administered to all students in grades five, eight, eleven and twelve.

California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

Only eligible students—students whose individualized education program (IEP) identifies the use of alternate assessments—may participate in the administration of the CAAs. The computer-based CAAs are administered one-on-one to students. Students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will take the CAA for ELA and mathematics. Test items developed for ELA and mathematics are aligned with the CCSS and are based on the Core Content Connectors.  In 2022, students in grades five, eight, eleven and twelve will take the CAA for Science. The CAAs for Science are based on alternate achievement standards derived from the CA NGSS.


  • Take a practice test with your child at
    • You can log-in to
    • Practice and Training Test
    • Student Interface (dark green)
    • Follow the prompted directions
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.  Testing begins on Tuesday, May 10th.


  • Tuesday, May 10th - Friday, May 13th: English Language Arts
  • Tuesday, May 17th - Friday, May 20th: Math
  • Monday, May 23rd - Tuesday, May 24th: Science (5th grade only)
  • Wednesday, May 25th - Friday, May 27th: Makeup Testing 

*Exact testing dates may vary slightly by grade level and classroom.  Please contact classroom teachers for specific information.