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