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CAASPP and ELPAC Testing

CAASPP Website: https://www.caaspp.org/

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System consists of the following assessments:

  • Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy and mathematics
  • California Alternate Assessments for English language arts, mathematics, and science
  • California Science Tests
  • California Spanish Assessment

Testing in California

California local educational agency (LEA) testing coordinators can use this website to find helpful information, instructions, training, forms, and external links for test administration.

LEAs are administering the following tests:

English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments (grades three through eight and grade eleven):

  • Smarter Balanced
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

Science assessments (grades five and eight and high school):

  • California Science Test
  • CAA for Science

Spanish assessments (grades three through eight and high school):

  • California Spanish Assessment

California Testing Overview

The 2019–20 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress administration includes the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments; the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs), including the CAA for Science; the California Science Test (CAST); and the California Spanish Assessment (CSA).

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

Students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. These assessments are administered online. A student may be exempted from taking the Smarter Balanced assessments in the following three situations:

  1. The student is taking the CAAs.
  2. The student has been designated as an English learner and is within his or her first 12 months of enrollment in a U.S. school as of April 15 of the previous year. (This exemption applies only to the ELA portion of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment.)
  3. The parent has expressed in writing that his or her student should be excluded from taking the summative assessments.

California Alternate Assessments

The CAAs for ELA and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven are individually administered to students who have an individualized education program that indicates the use of an alternate assessment on statewide assessments. All eligible students are required to participate in these online assessments.

The CAA for Science can be administered beginning October 2019. These assessments are to be administered to eligible students in grades five and eight and once to each eligible student while that student is in high school. All students must take the science assessment by the end of grade twelve, but have the option of testing in grade ten or grade eleven. Only eligible students may participate in the administration of the CAAs.

California Science Test

The CAST can be administered beginning January 14, 2020. These assessments are to be administered to all students in grades five and eight and once in high school. All students must take the science assessment by the end of grade twelve, but have the option of testing in grade ten or grade eleven. Students assigned to take an alternate assessment should take the CAA for Science.

California Spanish Assessment

The CSA is intended for Spanish-speaking students in grades three through eight and high school to measure competency in Spanish language arts to provide student-level data in Spanish competency. These are optional tests that can be administered online. The operational assessment can be administered beginning January 14, 2020.

 

About the ELPAC

ELPAC Website: https://www.elpac.org/
 

Background

Currently, the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the mandated state test for determining English language proficiency (ELP). It must be given to students whose primary language is one other than English. California and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten—or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, also referred to as transitional kindergarten—through grade twelve. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards and is comprised of two separate ELP assessments: The Initial ELPAC, and the Summative ELPAC.

LEAs must use a locally determined alternate English language proficiency assessment or the Initial ELPAC to assess potential English learners.

* The Statewide Operational Field Test: Postponed to the 2021–22 school year. Administered one-on-one with a certified test examiner similar to the California Alternate Assessments.