Testing and Assessments

NUSD System of Assessments

The vision of the Natomas Unified School District is that “All NUSD students graduate as college and career ready, productive, responsible, and engaged global citizens.” Assessments help students, parents/guardians, and teachers to inform teaching and learning. Assessments also inform student placement in appropriate classes, programs, interventions, and other supports.  Assessments are one component of NUSD’s instructional system. To learn more about that instructional system, click here.

There are different types of assessments, each used for different purposes: classroom, grade level or subject area, district, state mandated, and college and career assessments. The following table describes the types and purposes of NUSD assessments with some examples for each:


Please note that test information and dates are subject to change. Check back frequently for updates.

CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress)

English Language Arts and math

3rd-8th and 11th graders


CAASPP Science – California Science Test (CAST)

5th, 8th and 12th grader


GATE (Gifted and Talented Education)

All 1st graders and 2nd-5th graders who are referred by their principal or teacher

February 201202

PFT (Physical Fitness Test)

5th, 7th, and 9th graders

March to May 2020


10th graders

October 16, 2019


11th graders


NUSD System of Assessments