California Testing Overview

The 2016–17 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress administration will include the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments; the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs), including the CAA for Science pilot; and the California Science Tests (CASTs) pilot. The optional primary language test, the Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts (RLA), will be offered in the form of paper-pencil assessments.

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

Students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will take the 2016–17 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA). These tests are administered online. A student may be exempted from taking the Smarter Balanced tests in the following three situations:

  1. If the student is taking the CAAs.
  2. If the student has been designated as an English learner and entered a U.S. school less than 12 months from the middle of the selected testing window. (This exemption applies to the ELA portion of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment.)
  3. If 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 pilot of the CAAs for Science will be administered during the portion of the local educational agency’s (LEA’s) selected testing window that occurs on or after March 20, 2017. Thse tests are to be administered to eligible students in grades five and eight and grades ten, eleven, or twelve.

California Science Tests Pilot

The pilot of the CASTs will be administered during the portion of the LEA’s selected testing window that occurs on or after March 20, 2017. These tests are to be administered to all students in grades five and eight and to selected students in grades ten, eleven, and twelve.

Primary Language Test: STS for RLA—Optional

Through the STS for RLA, Spanish-speaking English learners in grades two through eleven are allowed to demonstrate their knowledge of the California content standards.