A Family Guide to Understanding California’s New Testing System: Part I:
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
This spring marks the second year of the new state testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
(CAASPP). Like last year, students in grade 11 will take tests in English-language arts and mathematics online using a computer. These tests are also known as the Smarter Balanced Assessments.
In the next few years, these will be changing to online tests, and other tests in other subjects like history-social science, art, and
technology will also be added.
The CAASPP system 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.