All students in grades 3-8 and 11 in the state of California take annual assessment tests in language arts and math. Fifth grade students take an additional test in science.
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
Beginning spring 2014, California students began taking the new CAASPP test designed to assess the new Common Core State Standards implemented in Evergreen District schools in 2013. Students in grades 3-6 are tested in English Language and math. Results are mailed from the school district to parents in the fall of the next school year.
What can parents do to prepare their children for the CAASPP test?
CAASPP practice tests, including scoring guides, are available for grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 in English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The practice tests provide a preview of the CAASPP assessments, but do not reflect the full range of content that students may encounter on the actual assessments. As such, the practice tests should not be used to guide instructional decisions about students. No score reports are generated from the practice tests. Parents can familiarize themselves and their children with the test. Click here to learn more and to see these tests or go to the California Department of Education website.
STAR Science Test
Students in 5th, 8th and 10th grades take the STAR science test. STAR stands for the Standardized Testing And Reporting Program. Parents receive science test results prior to the start of the next school year. The STAR program measures how well schools and students are performing in science and compares the results to their peers throughout the state.
What can parents do to prepare their 5th grade children for the STAR science test?
To learn more about the California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) science test, click view real questions released from actual tests.
California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
Students in kindergarten through grade twelve whose home language is not English are required by law to be assessed in English language proficiency (ELP). In California, the ELP assessment is the CELDT.
The CELDT allows schools to identify students who need to improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. Schools also give the test each year to students who are still learning English.
- For more information about the CELDT, contact your local school district.
- The CELDT-CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of the test.
- The California Department of Education (CDE) is transitioning from the CELDT to the ELPAC as the state ELP assessment by 2018. To learn more about the successor to the CELDT, visit the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Web page for the latest information.