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Educational Services » CAASPP


The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system is intended to provide parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning.

The assessments that comprise the CAASPP administration are a mix of online and paper-pencil assessments. The online component contains the Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy (ELA) and Mathematics tests.The paper-pencil component includes CST/CMA/CAPA science tests.


Smarter Balanced:  All students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 will participate in the Smarter Balanced tests, which include both ELA and mathematics content areas.  These tests are administered online.


California Standards Tests (CSTs):  The CSTs in Science are to be administered to students in grades 5, 8, and 10.  These tests are paper-pencil tests.


California Modified Assessment (CMA):  The CMA for Science tests are to be administered to students in grades 5, 8, and 10 who have an individualized education program (IEP).  Assignment of the CMA is made in the student's IEP only.


California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA):  The CAPA for Science tests are individually administered performance assessments for students in grades 5, 8, and 10 who have significant cognitive disabilities and who are unable to take either the CSTs even with accommodations or modifications or the CMA with accommodations.


California Alternate Assessments (CAA):  The CAA for English-language arts and mathematics tests are individually administered to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 who have significant cognitive disabilities.  All eligible students were required to participate in a field test of these new, online assessments in spring 2015.


Understanding Your Child's CAASPP Score Report

This video will help you and your child learn about California's new Student Score Report of year-end standardized test results.

Parent guides and other resources have also been developed for you, and are attached below. The purpose of the guides is to provide information about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, including sample test items for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. This information will help parents better understand their children’s test results. The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System, which replaces the previous Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program.