Implications of COVID-19 and the Suspension of Summative Testing
(Last Updated: July 31, 2020)

As a result of unprecedented circumstances surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), administration of the summative assessments that make up the 2019–2020, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) were suspended.

This web page provides local educational agencies (LEAs) with information on the impact of these circumstances and will be updated periodically.

Please let us know if Educational Testing Service can assist the LEA in any way as it moves forward with testing. LEA CAASPP coordinators can direct questions to CalTAC, by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at caltac@ets.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to COVID-19 and its impact to California assessment programs are available on the California Department of Education’s COVID-19 Assessment FAQs external icon web page.

Guidelines for Testing with Physical Distancing Requirements

For recommendations on how LEAs can administer assessments with physical distancing requirements, view the Guidance for Physical Distance Administration (Posted 07/31/20) web document.

Remote Administration of Interim Assessments

The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are available to be administered remotely (i.e., without the use of a secure browser) as part of distance learning through the 2020–2021 school year. Visit the Interim Assessment Administration Resources web page to find directions and resources for using the interim assessments with distance learning.

2019–2020 CAASPP Reporting

Because 2019–2020 statewide summative testing was suspended, student results and reporting will be impacted. For more information about what 2019–2020 results LEAs can expect, view the CAASPP: Results Reporting Changes Due to COVID-19 email sent to LEA CAASPP coordinators on July 1, 2020.

2020−2021 Science Testing Requirement

High school students that were registered to take the California Science Test (CAST) or California Alternate Assessment for Science (CAA for Science) who did not take or complete the test in 2019–2020 have not met the science testing requirement and can be registered to take the science assessments in 2020–2021. Students enrolled in grade twelve for the 2020–2021 school year who have yet to meet the science testing requirement will be automatically registered for the CAST. Students who need an alternate assessment must be assigned CAA for Science in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). Students enrolled in grade ten or eleven for the 2020–2021 school year can be registered as appropriate. All 2019–2020 grade twelve students have met the California science requirement irrespective of whether they tested or not. Therefore, if a student repeats grade twelve, that student will be ineligible to take the CAST or the CAA for Science during the 2020–2021 school year or any subsequent administration year.

Last Reviewed: Thursday, July 30, 2020