Summer Schedule – The District Office will be closed Fridays through July 20, 2018.

Palo Alto Unified School District seeks to build an awareness around data that is both transparent and accessible. Our work centers on examining student data to better inform our practices at the classroom, site and district levels.

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 (PDF) includes the following required assessments which are administered annually in the spring:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English–Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11 are based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and measure progress toward college and career readiness.

  • 2018 California Science Test (CAST) Field Test is based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and will be administered to students in grades 5, 8, and high school.  PAUSD high school students enrolled in grade 12 will participate.  For more information, visit the California Department of Education’s California Science Test webpage.

  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) - Only eligible students may participate in the administration of the CAAs as determined by Individualized education program (IEP) teams. Any student identified for alternate testing takes the alternate versions of all assessments including Smarter Balanced and CAST assessments.  Individualized education program (IEP) teams “shall determine when a child with a significant cognitive disability shall participate in an alternate assessment aligned with the alternate academic achievement standards.” (Title 1, Part A, Subpart 1, Sec. 1111(b)(2)(D)(ii)(I)—Every Student Succeeds Act, 2015)

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.  In addition, parents should note that Education Code section 60615 states that parents/guardians may annually submit a written request to the principal of their student’s school to excuse their child from any or all parts of the CAASPP summative assessments for the school year. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s principal with any questions they may have about CAASPP assessments.

2018 State Assessment Updates!



Questions about CAASPP? Need more information?
Practice Tests

Click here to access the CAASPP online Practice and Training Tests Portal

CAASPP Quick Guides:  How to Start a Practice Test (PDF)   How to Start a Training Test (PDF) 

Information for Staff

Where can I learn more about what the testing experience will be like for my students?

Where can I get more information for myself, my students, and my students' guardian(s)?