California Spanish Assessment


The California Spanish Assessment (CSA) is a component of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. This assessment, presented in Spanish, is available to serve the more than 1.2 million students who speak Spanish as their primary language, as well as those who are learning Spanish as an additional language. The purposes of the CSA are to

  • measure a student’s competency in Spanish reading/language arts and provide student-level data in Spanish competency,
  • evaluate the implementation of Spanish reading/language arts programs at the local level, and
  • provide a high school measure suitable to be used, in part, for the State Seal of Biliteracy external icon. Currently, the California Spanish Assessment does not meet the requirements identified in California Education Code, Section 51460(a) of the State Seal of Biliteracy.

What is the CSA? Video

The following videos provide an opportunity to learn about the CSA and its benefits.

Key Features of the CSA

The CSA is the primary language assessment in Spanish for California students. What follows are some of its key features:

  • Aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts en Español external icon
  • Computer-based assessment including technology-enhanced items
  • Assesses Spanish reading, writing mechanics, and listening
  • Accessible to students with disabilities
  • Includes machine-scored writing mechanics items
  • Available to all LEAs free of charge

For more information, please review the Benefits of Administering the California Spanish Assessment flyer (coming soon).

Who Takes the CSA?

The targeted test-taking population of the CSA consists of students in grades three through eight and high school who are

  • receiving instruction in Spanish in California; and
  • seeking a measure that recognizes their Spanish-specific reading, writing mechanics, and listening skills.

High-level Timeline

  • April 2019—Operational Assessment
  • Fall 2019—CSA score reports released
  • January 2020—CAASPP administration window opens

The CSA Communications and Outreach Toolkit

The CSA Communications and Outreach Toolkit contains resources to help LEAs communicate about the CSA and CSA score reports.

Get Involved

Educational Testing Service is recruiting bilingual, biliterate California educators with experience in teaching Spanish at varying grade levels to participate in the continuing development of the CSA.

To apply, navigate to the Get Involved web page. All qualified applicants will be contacted as specific opportunities become available.

CSA Testing Materials

Administration Materials

Accessibility Resources

Practice Tests


Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 26, 2020