Welcome to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), our state's new academic check-up for students in grades 3–8 and grade 11.

Tests are a part of life. They're also an important part of California's plan for high-quality teaching and learning. Our goal is to help all students graduate with the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills they need to prepare for college and a 21st-century career.

This year, we replaced the former paper-based exams with new, computer-based assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Because they are based on more challenging academic standards, the new tests are too fundamentally different to compare old scores with new.

Instead, these scores are a starting point—a baseline for the progress students will make over time. Most will need to make significant progress, and there's nothing wrong with that. And remember, tests are just one way to gauge a student's progress.

The CAASPP results you'll find on this Web site give us all a key measure of how well students are doing—and give teachers and schools information they need to improve instruction and help every child prepare for a bright future.

— Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction