Coming soon! CAASPP 2019 Electronic Student Score Reports!

Beginning with the spring 2019 test administration, electronic student score reports (SSRs) will be made available to parents/guardians through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal for the following state assessments:

  • California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) grades 3 - 8, 10, 11
  • English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) for English learners tested TK – 12

Electronic student score reports provide the following benefits:

  • Convenient – access through most devices
  • Quick – earlier access to student scores
  • Inexpensive – reduced costs for printing and postage
  • Accessible – available in multiple languages
  • Engaging – opportunities to deliver more dynamic information about student progress

SSRs will be made available to parents on a rolling basis through the Infinite Campus Portal sometime in July or August.  As this is a new process across the state, timelines could change (earlier or later).

Visit the "Starting Smarter" websites to view sample score reports, sample test questions, and additional information:  CAASPP Starting Smarter    ELPAC Starting Smarter 

SSR updates will be posted to the PAUSD Assessment webpage.

Statewide Testing

California students take several mandated statewide tests. These tests provide parents/guardians, teachers, and educators with information about how well students are learning and becoming college and career ready. The test results may be used for local, state, and federal accountability purposes.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

On January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System of assessments. The CAASPP System includes the following required assessments which are administered annually in the spring:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments  
    The Smarter Balanced computer adaptive assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests are administered in grades three through eight and grade eleven to measure whether students are on track to college and career readiness. In grade eleven, results from the ELA and mathematics assessments can be used as an indicator of college readiness.
  • California Science Test (CAST) 
    The computer-based CAST measures students’ achievement of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) through the application of their knowledge and skills of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts. The CAST is administered to all students in grades five and eight and once in high school (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve).
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)
    Only eligible students—students whose individualized education program (IEP) identifies the use of alternate assessments—may participate in the administration of the CAAs. Test examiners administer the computer-based CAAs for ELA, mathematics, and science one-on-one to students. Students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will take the CAA for ELA and mathematics. Test items developed for ELA and mathematics are aligned with the CCSS and are based on the Core Content Connectors.  Students in grades five and eight and once in high school (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve) will take the CAA for Science. The CAA for Science embedded performance tasks are based on alternate achievement standards derived from the CA NGSS. Students taking the CAA for Science will take three embedded performance tasks in spring 2019.

Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60615, parents/guardians may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse their child from any or all of the CAASPP assessments.  We encourage parents to contact the principal’s office with any questions they may have about the assessments or their child’s participation.

While the district has a broad testing window (March through May), school sites determine their site-specific testing windows. Principals will notify their communities of the testing dates as they are solidified.

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

California transitioned from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) in 2017–18. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It consists of two separate English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners and the other for the annual summative assessment to identify students’ English language proficiency level and to measure their progress in learning English.

Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

The physical fitness test for students in California schools is the FitnessGram®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting lifelong habits of regular physical activity. Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test.


Questions about CAASPP? Need more information?
What do the CAASPP Assessments look like?

Parent Guides to Understanding CAASPP Assessments 

The Parent Guides to Understanding CAASPP Assessments are two-page flyers written in easy-to-understand language that answer key questions (what, why, who, how, and when) about California's assessment programs.

Smarter Balanced Sample Items Webpage

This site provides examples of test questions used on Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts / literacy and math. Teachers, parents, students, administrators, and policymakers can experience these test items just as students encounter them.

These samples are not intended to be used as practice tests, but educators can use them to better understand how Smarter Balanced measures college- and career-ready content.

Universal Tools

Universal Tools are available to ALL students during Smarter Balanced and CAST testing.  The Universal Tools Tutorial provides an overview of how those tools work in the testing platforms.

Practice and Training Tests 

This link allows the public to access both the Practice and Training Tests portal. The Practice Tests provide students with grade-specific testing experiences that are similar in structure and format to the Summative Assessments. The Training Tests provide students with the opportunity to quickly become familiar with the software and interface features. The Training Tests are organized by grade-bands (e.g., 3–5).

The following Quick Reference Guides provide step-by-step instructions for how to access the training and practice tests.

Smarter Balanced grades 3 – 8, 11:  Start a Practice Test (PDF)  Start a Training Test (PDF) 

California Science Test (CAST) grades 5, 8, high school:  CAST – Start a Training Test (PDF)

California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) grades 3 – 8, 11:  CAA – Start a Practice Test (PDF)   CAA – Start a Training Test (PDF)  

How do I Interpret My Child's CAASPP Score Report?

Additional Information for High Schools

How do I Access District CAASPP and Other Data?

The links on this page provide access to public data available for all public schools in the state of California.