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The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System was established on January 1, 2014. The CAASPP System replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, which ended on July 1, 2013. For more detailed information on the new CAASPP System please use this link to access the California Department of Education's website

Eleventh grade students take the online adaptive test in both english language arts and mathematics. Individual scores will be reported to students and to schools. Students who perform well on the tests will be able to skip remedial courses in college as these scores will be used to gauge college readiness. Student scores will also be used to calculate a new Academic Performance Index (API) number. While the California Department of Education has yet to finalize the exact details of how they plan to implement the rating system, we know that student CAASPP scores will be a factor.

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments which are delivered by computer consist of two sections: a computer-adaptive test and a Performance Task based on the Common Core State Standards for English–language arts and mathematics. The computer-adaptive section includes a range of items types such as selected response, constructed response, table, fill-in, graphing, etc. The PT are extended activities that measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards—a key component of college and career readiness.


Avoid scheduling medical and/or dental appointments during the testing block. Students who are absent during testing will be pulled from other classes in order to take the exam as all 11th graders are required to take the exam. 

CAASPP testing 2020

Each year, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

This year, JUNIORS (Grade 11) will take the following test(s):

·      Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy 

·      Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for mathematics 

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are online tests that measure what your student knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results are published on a student’s academic transcript. 

You are an important part of your child’s education. To help your child get ready for the test you can:

  • Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.

  • Tell your child that you and their teacher have high expectations and are both there to help, every step of the way.

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing on these days: March 11, March 13, March 18, and March 20

  • Review the testing schedule here so your child knows when to report to school

To learn more about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding web page.

You also can look at sample test questions on the practice tests on the CAASPP Web Portal.

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Landry at 

The CCCs identify priorities in each content area to guide the instruction for students in this population and for the alternate assessment.