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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

In 2014, state lawmakers established the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system of assessments to measure student achievement in a variety of content areas. CAASPP is comprised of the following assessment components.

  1. Smarter Balanced Assessments:  Developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), the Smarter Balanced Assessments are computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. These summative assessments, often referred to collectively as “the SBAC,” measure student mastery of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. They are administered annually to students in grades three through six at the end of each school year.

  2. California Science Test (CAST):  This new assessment is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and replaces the former California Standards Test for Science administered to fifth grade students. A pilot of the new CAST will be administered in 2017, and a field test is scheduled for 2018. It is anticipated the CAST will become fully operational in 2019, at which time school and individual student reports will be generated. 

  3. California Alternate Assessments (CAA):  The California Alternate Assessments for English language arts/literacy, mathematics, and science ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options. Individualized Education Plan (IEP) teams determine when a child with a significant cognitive disability should participate in an alternate assessment.


English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

State and federal law require school districts to administer a state test of English proficiency to eligible students. The new ELPAC is aligned to the English Language Development Standards (2012) and replaces the former California English Language Development Test (CELDT). A field test of the new ELPAC will be administered in 2017. It is anticipated the ELPAC will become fully operational in 2018, at which time district and individual student reports will be generated. 


Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

The physical fitness test for fifth grade students in California is the FITNESSGRAM, which is a comprehensive, health-related battery developed by The Cooper Institute. The test measures fitness levels in six areas, each of which can offer a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity. The primary goal of the FITNESSGRAM is to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity.


State Testing Resources for Parents



In addition to administering all state-mandated assessments, the Cypress School District also administers local formative assessments to identify individual student needs and to help teachers plan instruction.



DIBELS stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills and measures essential skills every student must master to become a proficient reader. This assessment is administered to all students in kindergarten through third grade. The assessment is also administered to students in grades four through six who have not yet met the end of year DIBELS benchmarks for their grade level.


Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)

The SRI is a computer-adaptive assessment designed to measure reading comprehension and how well students read literature and expository texts of varying difficulty levels. The assessment reports a reading Lexile level for each student. Lexile levels help match students with appropriate texts for successful reading experiences.



ALEKS is a diagnostic, computer-adaptive test that assesses math competency.



District “checkpoint” assessments are currently under development to measure student progress toward mastery of grade-level Common Core State Standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics.