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Student Testing



California students take several mandated statewide tests. These tests provide parents/guardians, teachers, and educators with information about how well students are learning and becoming college and career ready. The test results may be used for local, state, and federal accountability purposes.


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Sarah Williams
Director -- Assessment, Achievement and English Learner Services

Sandra DeMatteo
Assessment & Accountability Assistant

(707) 253-3815 x4862
FAX: (707) 253-3947

English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) computer-adaptive summative 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 math assessments can be used as an indicator of college readiness.

>  More information about CAASPP Summative Assessments

California Science Tests (CAST)

The new, computer-based CAST measures student acquisition of the California Next Generation Science Standards. It is administered in grades five and eight, and once in high school. The new computer-based CAST replaces the California Standards Tests (CST) for Science.

>  More information about CAST

California Alternative Assessments (CAA)

The computer-based CAA for ELA and CAA for mathematics are administered to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in grades three through eight and grade eleven. Test items are aligned with the CCSS and are based on the Core Content Connectors.

The instructionally-embedded CAA for Science is administered in grades five and eight, and once in high school.

>  More information about CAA

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

ELPAC is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English. State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It consists of two separate ELP assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners (ELs), and a second for the annual summative assessment to measure a student’s progress in learning English and to identify the student's level of ELP.

>  More information about ELPAC

California Spanish Assessment (CSA)

California offers the optional Standards-based Tests (STS) for Reading/Language Arts, which are multiple-choice tests that allow Spanish-speaking English learners to demonstrate their knowledge of the California content standards. The California Spanish Assessment (CSA) will replace the optional STS. The CSA will be a computer-based assessment that is aligned with the California CCSS in Spanish.

Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

The physical fitness test for students in California schools is the FitnessGram®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting lifelong habits of regular physical activity. Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test.

>  More information about PFT


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