State Assessments

  • Statewide Testing

    Every year, California students take several statewide tests. When combined with other measures such as grades, classwork, and teacher observations, these tests give families and teachers a more complete picture of their child’s learning. You can use the results to identify where your child is doing well and where they might need more support.

    Your child may be taking one or more of the following California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), and Physical Fitness Test assessments. Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60615, parents/guardians may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse their child from any or all of the CAASPP assessments. This exemption does not exist for the ELPAC or Physical Fitness Test.

    School sites will develop a schedule for when these assessments will be administered. For questions about the assessments below and when your child will take them during the school year, please contact your child’s school. 

    ELPAC

    Who takes the test? Students who have a home language survey that lists a language other than English will take the Initial test, which identifies students as an English learner student or as initially fluent in English. Students who are classified as English learner students will take the Summative ELPAC every year until they are reclassified as proficient in English.

    What is the test format? Both the Initial and Summative ELPAC are computer-based.

    Which standards are tested? The 2012 California English Language Development Standards.

    When are students tested? Summative ELPAC opens February 1st  and the Initial ELPAC takes place from July through June.

    More information: https://elpac.startingsmarter.org/ 

    Where can I access my student’s results? View school-wide, district, county, and state-wide results on the ELPAC website.  If you have a student who is an English Learner, your child's electronic results are available through the Aeries Parent Portal online

    Alternate ELPAC

    Who takes the test? Students whose IEP identifies the use of an alternate assessment and who have a home language survey that lists a language other than English will take the Alternate Initial ELPAC, which identifies students as an English learner student or as initially fluent in English. Students who are classified as English learner students will take the Alternate Summative ELPAC every year until they are reclassified as proficient in English.

    What is the test format? Both the Alternate Initial and Alternate Summative ELPAC are computer-based.

    Which standards are tested? Alternate achievement standards are derived from the 2012 California English Language Development Standards.

    When are students tested? January 2022 (Summative Alternate ELPAC)

    More information: https://elpac.startingsmarter.org/ 

    Where can I access my student’s results? If you have a student who is an English Learner, your child's electronic results are available through the Aeries Parent Portal online

    CAASPP: Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Math

    Who takes these tests? Students in grades 3–8 and grade 11.

    What is the test format? The Smarter Balanced assessments are computer-based.

    Which standards are tested? The California Common Core State Standards.

    When are students tested? Spring of each school year

    More information: https://ca.startingsmarter.org/ 

    Where can I access my student’s results? View school-wide, district, county, and state-wide results on the CAASPP website. Your child's electronic results are available through the Aeries Parent Portal online

    CAASPP: California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and Math

    Who takes these tests? Students in grades 3–8 and grade 11 whose individualized education program (IEP) identifies the use of alternate assessments.

    What is the test format? The CAAs for ELA and math are computer-based tests that are administered one-on-one by a test examiner who is familiar with the student.

    Which standards are tested? The California Common Core State Standards through the Core Content Connectors.

    When are students tested? Spring of each school year

    More information: https://ca.startingsmarter.org/

    Where can I access my student’s results? View school-wide, district, county, and state-wide results on the CAASPP website. Your child's electronic results are available through the Aeries Parent Portal online

    CAASPP: California Science Test (CAST)

    Who takes the test? Students take the CAST in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school, either in grades 10, 11, or 12.

    What is the test format? The CAST is computer-based.

    Which standards are tested? The California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS).

    When are students tested? Spring of each school year

    More information: https://ca.startingsmarter.org/ 

    Where can I access my student’s results? View school-wide, district, county, and state-wide results on the CAASPP website.  Your child's electronic results are available through the Aeries Parent Portal online

    CAASPP: California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science

    Who takes the test? Students whose IEP identifies the use of an alternate assessment take the CAA for Science in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school, either in grade 10, 11, or 12.

    What is the test format? The CAA for Science is a series of four performance tasks that can be administered throughout the year as the content is taught.

    Which standards are tested? Alternate achievement standards derived from the CA NGSS.

    When are students tested? Spring of each school year

    More information: https://ca.startingsmarter.org/ 

    Where can I access my student’s results? View school-wide, district, county, and state-wide results on the CAASPP website.  If you have a student who is currently in Grades 4-9, or Grade 12, your child's electronic results are available through the Aeries Parent Portal online 

    Physical Fitness Test

    Who takes the test? Students in grades 5, 7, and 9 will take the FITNESSGRAM®, which is the test used in California.

    What is the test format? The test consists of five performance components: aerobic capacity, abdominal strength, trunk strength, upper body strength, and flexibility.

    Which standards are tested? The Healthy Fitness Zones, which are established through the Fitnessgram®.

    When are students tested? Spring of each school year

    More information: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf/ 

    Where can I access my student’s results? Results from the PFT are shared with students by their PE teacher.

    Other Non-Statewide Testing 2021-2022

    The following assessments do not fall under the California Assessment System, however,  they are tests sponsored by the California Department of Education or the US Department of Education.

    California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE)

    The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a testing program established by California law (Education Code Section 48412). If eligible to take the test, high school students can earn the legal equivalent of a high school diploma by passing the CHSPE. The CHSPE consists of two sections: an English-language Arts section and a Mathematics section. Students passing both sections of the CHSPE, the California State Board of Education are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency, which by state law is equivalent to a high school diploma (although not equivalent to completing all coursework required for regular graduation from high school). Although federal agencies are not bound by state laws, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has ruled that the Certificate of Proficiency shall be accepted in applications for federal civilian employment. The U.S. Department of Education and Federal Student Aid recognize the CHSPE as the equivalent of a high school diploma in applications for federal financial aid. All persons and institutions subject to California law that require a high school diploma for any purpose must accept the certificate as satisfying the requirement.

    Passing the CHSPE does not, by itself, exempt minors from attending school. Minors who have a Certificate of Proficiency must also have verified parent/guardian permission to stop attending school. Many students who pass the CHSPE continue to attend school. State law provides that, students who leave school after passing the CHSPE and are no more than 18 years old, may re-enroll in the district in which they were registered with no adverse consequences.

    Students who do re-enroll may be required to meet new or additional requirements established since they were previously enrolled.  If a student re-enrolls and then leaves school again, they may be denied re-admittance until the beginning of the following semester.  Contact your guidance counselor or school administrator for further information and details about leaving school after passing the CHSPE. Dropping out of school after registering for the CHSPE or while awaiting results is unlawful for those under 18 years old. It may also result in failing grades for courses in which they are enrolled. 

    Learn more about CHSPE

    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

    The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a measure of student achievement that allows you to compare the performance of students in the State with that of students across the nation or in other states. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

    The NAEP tests students in grades four, eight, and twelve in subjects such as reading, writing, math, and science. Most school districts are required to take part in NAEP, but it is voluntary at the student level. A small number of schools are required to take part in the test.

    Learn more about NAEP