Latest News and Tips for the CAASPP Administration

  1. Planned System Downtime

    Various CAASPP and ELPAC systems will be unavailable for scheduled system downtime Friday, April 7, at 5 p.m., through Monday, April 10, 2023, at 8 a.m. For additional details, refer to the CAASPP Planned System Downtime web page.
  2. Useful Guides for Test Administrators

    The Smarter Balanced Summative and CAST scripts Link to external site is an easy to print document that contains all the instructions and scripts for administering the Smarter Balanced Summative test or the CAST. This can be found on the Directions for Administration, Preparing for Administration, and Scripts for Summative Assessments web page.

    The Pause Rules Guide and the Expiration Rules Guide are easy to understand guides for when students pause a test and provides a timeline on when certain tests expire. These can be found on the Videos and Quick Reference Guides web page.

  3. CAASPP Test Administrator Tutorial

    The tutorial covers all the basic information needed to prepare test administrators to administer the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics, the California Science Test, and the California Spanish Assessment. LEA CAASPP coordinators refer to the CAASPP: Test Administrator Tutorial Available Now! email for more information on how training can be offered to test administrators.
  4. Available Now: Asynchronous Hand Scoring Learning Modules

    On behalf of the CDE, ETS is pleased to announce the availability of asynchronous learning modules which guide educators on how to hand score the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment performance tasks for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and mathematics. The new asynchronous learning modules can be accessed on the following web pages:

  5. SSID Swap Criteria for MIDs and Retired SSIDs

    Important information regarding SSID swap criteria for MIDs is available in the SSID Swap Criteria for MIDs and Retired SSIDs section of the CAASPP and ELPAC Security Incidents and Appeals Procedure Guide. Review the scenarios for next steps in transferring completed assessments to a new SSID.

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