Smarter Balanced Assessments

Taken by students in grades 3–8 and grade 11.

California Alternate Assessments (CAA)

Taken by students in grades 3–8 and grade 11 whose individualized education program (IEP) teams have determined that the student's cognitive disabilities prevent him or her from taking the online CAASPP Smarter Balanced assessments.

Standards-based Test in Spanish Results

View STS results on the CAASPP STS Test Results Web site.

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

The CAASPP results give us a key measure of how well students are mastering California's challenging academic standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The skills called for by these standards—the ability to write clearly, think critically,and solve problems —are critical to success in college and 21st-century careers.

No single assessment can provide teachers with all the feedback they need to tailor instruction to meet the needs of their students. These results should be considered along with other measures of learning and in consultation with a student's teachers. Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards in the same way, and the results provide information schools can use to improve teaching and learning. Given online, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing a more precise measurement of each student's skills.

California also provides optional interim tests and a digital library of resources for educators to use and monitor student progress throughout the year. CAASPP provides schools with models of high-quality instruction because the questions students answer during these tests require them to demonstrate abilities they will need to do well in college and the workplace. California State Universities and many community colleges consider high marks on these tests for 11th grade students to be a reliable sign of readiness for college-level work.

— Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction