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CAASPP Testing (3rd - 5th graders)


During May, most students in California will participate in the statewide testing program, or the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.  CAASPP is a system intended to provide staff and parents information to monitor student progress.


CAASPP includes the Smarter Balanced Computer Adaptive Tests and Performance Task tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics for students in grades 3-8. These assessments are focused on the Common Core State Standards.  To learn more about these tests, please visit CDE’s Test Score Guide Web site at, which provides informative guides and test score descriptions as well as sample test items for different levels of difficulty.  Another great resource are the Practice and Training Tests, which can be found on the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at Here, parents and students can experience the kinds of questions students will encounter on the tests.


In addition, California’s new state standards for science call for students to think and work like scientists and engineers—asking questions and learning through hands-on investigation and discovery. California science teachers have worked collaboratively to develop the new California Science Test (CAST) assessment, which emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning.  This year 5th and 8th grade students will participate in the pilot of test items for this future assessment. While this pilot test will not provide scores for your child, it is an important first step in developing an assessment that will fairly and accurately measure student achievement  on the new science standards. For additional information about the new science tests and sample questions, please visit the CDE’s CAASPP Science Assessment Web page at  You can also view sample test questions available in the new CAST Training Test at

Listed below are the testing weeks for each grade level.  


Specific testing times will be determined by classroom teacher and sent to parents in advance.  CAASPP tests are untimed test, but based on the estimated testing times, students will be working on the test for 45 to 60 minutes a day during their assigned weeks.  Please avoid scheduling appointments during the weeks that are designated for your child’s grade level. 




English/Language Arts and Mathematics




May 1 - May 12



May 1 - May 12



May 1 - May 12

May 15 - 17


Following the spring 2017 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent home to parents and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English/Language Arts and Mathematics, and other information. Parents will also be able to compare results across three years (2014–15, 2015–16, and 2016–17) to determine their child’s progress in meeting California’s academic standards.  (Exception:  only one year of data will be reported for 3rd grade students and two years of data will be reported for 4th grade students).  


Please contact Carolyn Parker, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at (925) 377-4107 or me if you have questions regarding the SBAC assessments or your child’s participation. 




Elaine Frank


Posted by: Elaine Frank Published:4/20/17
Audience: Rheem News