Latest News and Tips for the CAASPP Administration

  1. Independence Day Holiday

    The California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) is closed on Monday, July 5, 2021. CalTAC wishes you and your family a safe holiday. All phone calls and emails will be returned when the office reopens on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
  2. Planned System Downtime

    Various CAASPP and ELPAC systems will be unavailable for scheduled system downtime Friday, July 2 at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 8 a.m. For additional details, refer to the CAASPP Planned System Downtime web page.
  3. Register for the 2021 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series

    Registration for the 2021 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series external icon is available now! This training series will provide direct, online training opportunities intended for teachers, instructional coaches, and educators on special assignment, and will focus on leveraging components of the Smarter Balanced comprehensive system of assessments to inform teaching and learning. Local educational agency staff and administrators may also find this training series useful to further support educators locally.
  4. Register for the CAASPP: Using Assessment Data Training Series

    Registration for the CAASPP: Using Assessment Data for Decision-Making Training Series external icon is available now! This direct virtual training is focused on making sense of CAASPP summative assessment data, in addition to data from a variety of sources, to help inform system change that will improve student learning and support equitable outcomes.
  5. Second Scoring Requirement Suspended

    The second scoring requirement for the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) has been suspended for the current administration. This means that local educational agencies selected for second scoring are no longer required to perform any of the activities associated with second scoring. Second scoring for the CAA for ELA is now expected to officially begin during the 2021–22 administration.
  6. CAASPP and ELPAC Office Hours & Coffee Sessions

    Join us for virtual office hours and coffee sessions, hosted by the CDE and ETS, which will offer opportunities for LEA staff to ask questions and get answers about the spring assessments and multiple administration options. Visit the Upcoming Training Opportunities web page to see upcoming dates and to register. Visit the Past Training Opportunities and Materials web page to find previously recorded sessions and materials.

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