California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

  • NUSD Test Dates: March 30 – May 8, 2020
  • Test Subjects: English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science
  • Test Format: Computer-adaptive (on Google Chromebooks) for ELA, Math, and Science tests
  • Who Tests: Students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 for the ELA and Math; Students in grades 5, 8, 11, and 12 for the California Science Test (CAST)
  • Fechas de las pruebas en NUSD: 30 de marzo – 8 de mayo
  • Las pruebas de cursos: Artes del Lenguaje (ELA), Matemáticas, y Ciencias
  • Formato de prueba: Computadora –adaptiva (Google Chromebooks) para las pruebas de ELA, Matemáticas, y Ciencia
  • ¿Quién toma la prueba?: Estudiantes en grados 3 al 8 y grado 11 para ELA y Matemáticas; Estudiantes en grados 5, 8, 11, y 12 para la Prueba de Ciencia de California (CAST)

Una guía familiar para comprender el nuevo sistema de exámenes de California: Parte I: Evaluación del rendimiento y progreso de los estudiantes de California (CAASPP)

Preparación de los estudiantes para el éxito

The CAASPP system, based on California Content Standards, also known as the Common Core State Standards, is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and are able to do and whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or career when they graduate from high school. Test results will help identify and address gaps in knowledge or skills early on so students get the support they need to be ready for success in higher grades.

In addition, California has adopted science standards called the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS). These standards tell us what students should know and be able to do in science. The CA NGSS are designed to help students understand how science works in the natural world. They also outline the knowledge and skills needed for success in college or career. The CAST is aligned with the CA NGSS. The CAST assesses the student’s ability to think critically and solve problems. This assessment uses questions that bring together science content, practices, and concepts. It also covers more than one science domain, such as Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Earth and Space Sciences.

Student score reports will be available in the Infinite Campus Parent App (click here for instructions on how to access them) and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English–language arts, mathematics, and science, along with other information. Score reports will also be sent home to parents by fall of 2019, as in years past.

Understanding CAASPP Student Score Reports

A cover letter will also be included with any score reports sent home.

What do these Achievement Levels and Claim Levels mean?

Reporting Achievement Level Descriptors and Claim Achievement Level Descriptors are available on the CDE website. The reporting achievement level descriptors provide brief descriptions of how a student performed in ELA and mathematics. The claim achievement level descriptors provide brief descriptions of how a student performed in key areas, also called claims, in ELA and mathematics.

More on understanding student score reports from the California Department of Education 

The computer-adaptive ELA,  math, and science tests are not timed but they are estimated to take 3-4 hours per subject for ELA and math and 2 hours for science, for a total of 8-10 hours of testing.

If you have questions, start by talking to your teacher or principal.  If you have technical questions about the test you can find many answers here.  If you have questions about curriculum and the Common Core State Standards, go here.