2021 California State Testing
This spring students in California will participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP testing system. The tests in the CAASPP System provide important information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career. Most students in grades three through eight and grade eleven take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) online tests for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. Students who have a significant cognitive disability, as designated in their Individualized Education Program (IEP), are eligible to take the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) in lieu of the SBAC.
The science assessment will be tested in grades five, eight, and ten across the state. Like the SBAC, the California Science Test (CAST) will be administered online. The CAA for Science will be administered to students who take the CAA for ELA or Math as indicated by their IEP. The CAST and CAA for Science are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that were adopted by California in 2013.
The MPCSD’s testing window opens April 26 and ends June 4, 2021 with each school assigning their specific test schedule by grade/subject. You can access your child’s specific school testing calendar on the school website. You can best prepare your child by ensuring a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast each day. Please avoid scheduling appointments or vacations that would require your child to be absent during testing.
If you would like more information about the assessments, please visit the CDE CAASPP web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/ and for practice and training tests visit http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html.
If you wish to discuss your child’s participation in the assessment or have questions about SBAC testing, please contact your school’s assistant principal prior to April 19, 2021.