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CAASPP Resources for Parents

California Assessment of student performance and progress (CAASPP) TESTING

California Assessment of student performance and progress (CAASPP) TESTING


There are many ways to measure your child’s learning. Your child’s teacher uses report card grades, classroom work, teacher observations, and end-of-year statewide test results to get a complete picture of your child’s learning. Each year, students participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).
Your child will take the following tests, depending on their grade level or instructional program:
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts and math, required tests in grades 3–8 and 11
  • California Science Test (CAST), a required test in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school
  • California Spanish Assessment (CSA) – Potrero Elementary Only
You are an important part of your child’s education. To make sure your child feels comfortable taking tests, you can:
  • Explain to your child that these tests are tools to help them learn, and they should not be anxious or scared.
  • Explore the practice tests with your child at org/practice-and-training/index.html so they can become familiar with the platform and setup of the tests.
  • Remind your child that you and their teacher want them to try their best and are there to help, every step of the way.
You will receive your child’s results will be available in Aeries Parent Portal at the beginning of the next school year. For parents/guardians without access to the internet enabled devices, it is possible to request a printed copy of the CAASPP Student Score Report from your student’s school site administrator. The results will identify where your child is doing well or needs more help, so you can better support their learning at home and teachers can better support their learning in the classroom.
To learn more about these tests go to the Starting Smarter web page at, or review the Parent Guides to Understanding at
Have a college bound high school student?

Have a college bound high school student?

Early Assessment Program (EAP) & Center for College Readiness

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) measures your English and math skills at the end of your junior year to let you know in advance if you are ready for college level work. When you take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) exam in English-Language Arts and Mathematics you will receive an EAP status before the beginning of your senior year, informing you whether or not you are ready to enroll in for-credit math courses. If you are not ready, you can take advantage of your senior year to prepare for the CSU.

How to participate

  • All students who take the CAASPP automatically participate in the EAP
  • The CAASPP is administered in the spring of your junior year
  • Students should select the option to release their EAP results to the CSU and participating California Community Colleges (CCC). This option will appear as the last question on their assessment. The results are not required or used for admissions. However, if students mark the “do not release” option, they will be required to submit the results at a later date.
  • View a list of participating CCC’s