Available Resources for the California Science Test

The following resources are designed for classroom educators to support their understanding of the California Science Test (CAST). Additional resources for site administrators to use when communicating to parents/guardians and others about the CAST assessment also are provided.

Fact Sheet

Answers general questions about various aspects and objectives of the CAST
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/castfactsheet23.pdf external icon

CAST Informational Video

A six-minute video that provides a general overview of the CAST and how it is aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/castinfovideo.asp external icon

Parent Guide to Understanding

Designed for parents and guardians to address basic questions, such as who takes the CAST, why, when, and how; may be shared during back to school night, at teacher conferences, with annual Student Score Reports, or in other settings as needed
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/pgtu-cast.pdf external icon

Practice and Training Tests

Opportunities to become familiar with the types of test questions that may appear on the CAST:

CAST Item Specifications

Connect the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts elements to the phenomena and prompts used in the development of the CAST items; can serve as an important tool along with the 2016 Science Framework for California Public Schools for educators to use to gain a better understanding of the three-dimensional nature of the CAST
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/castitemspecs.asp external icon

How to Start a Test Session

Step-by-step instructions for how to access and start a test session https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/qrgstarttestsession.pdf external icon

For Site Administrators

Parent Notification Letters

Sample letter templates to serve as notice to parents/guardians of the yearly statewide assessment and when sharing information about student scores

High School Test Administration

Provides guidance for determining when high school students must take the CAST
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/sciencetestadminhs.pdf external icon

Organization of the CAST


Last Reviewed: September 16, 2022