Latest News and Tips for the CAASPP Administration

  1. The California Science Test (CAST) Academy is a new workshop series intended to provide a deep understanding of the assessment design and expectations for the CAST and how these new science assessment item types can inform teaching and learning. For more information about this professional development opportunity, visit the CAST Academy external icon Web site. (Posted 2/15/18)
  2. On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, English language arts/literacy and mathematics summative assessments begin for both the general assessments and the California Alternate Assessments (CAA). The Data Entry Interface (DEI) to transcribe CAA for Science embedded performance task testing results is now available.
  3. Apple iOS 11.2 was recently released by Apple. This platform is supported by the secure browser. Local educational agencies may choose to update their operating systems at this time. As a reminder, iOS 11.0 is not supported by the secure browser because the platform allows users to open other apps during logon. Please refer to the Secure Browsers external icon Web page for all supported operating systems. (Posted 01/03/18)
  4. California Science Test (CAST) Update: Parents/Guardians, teachers, students, or any other person who has feedback concerning the CAST training test should provide that insight in this general form external icon. Additionally, the CAST field test for the 2017–18 administration will begin on April 2, 2018. (Posted 10/18/17)
  5. California teachers are invited to contribute their expertise to the test development process. Fill out an online application external icon to be considered for CAASPP review activities. (Posted 7/21/16)

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Testing in California

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

LEAs are administering the following tests in 2017–18:

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

Primary language assessment in Spanish:

  • California Spanish Assessment—grades three through twelve (students in selected LEAs only)
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts—grades two through eleven (optional)