California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
“Starting Smarter” Family Website for CAASPP
To help empower parents/guardians and families to become partners in their children’s academic success, the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) have created the “Starting Smarter" family website for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) including information on Student Score Reports and resources for the California Science Test (CAST), the California Spanish Assessment (CSA), and the California Alternate Assessments (CAA).
Using this website, which is available in both English and Spanish, families can become involved in their child’s progress and:
- Learn more about the performance areas in each subject and grade.
- See sample test questions.
- Prepare for parent-teacher conferences with a useful downloadable guide.
- Access high-quality resources to support learning at home.
Starting Smarter for the CAASPP (available in English and Spanish) can be found at Starting Smarter's website.
You Can Access CAASPP and Initial/Summative ELPAC Student Score Reports Electronically!
Each year all students who are English Learners are assessed annually on their English Language Proficiency through the English Learner Proficiency Assessment in California (ELPAC). The California Department of Education has developed an electronic process for each school district to share student scores for ELPAC. All State Assessment Student Score Reports are available electronically through the ParentVUE portal of our Student Information System, Synergy. Please note that due to the Shelter in Place Order and global pandemic the 2020 ELPAC and 2020-21 CAASPPs were not administered. In the spring of 2021, the MAP Growth local assessment was used in lieu of the 2021 CAASPP. Consequently, there are no reports for ELPAC/CAASPP for these years in Synergy.
Currently, all Student Score Reports for the previous three years of ELPAC are available in the parent portal of our Student Information System, Synergy. All parents and guardians can access these reports by logging in to ParentVUE and clicking on the Tests link on the left hand side of the dashboard, then scrolling down to "CA Electronic Score Reports" to view downloadable PDFs of the ELPAC and CAASPP score reports. It is recommended to access the parent portal with a desktop, laptop or tablet for optimal viewing.
Parents and guardians can access these reports by logging into the Parent Portal and clicking on the Testing tab, as illustrated in these links:
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is intended to provide parents, teachers, administrators and students with accurate and actionable information about what students are learning. The CAASPP System encompasses the following assessments and student participation requirements. Information about the content and format of each test is also provided.
- Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBAC) for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics in Grades 3 Through 8 and Grade 11
- California Science Test (CAST) Test in Grades 5, 8, and Once in High School
- California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and Mathematics in Grades Three Through Eight and Grade Eleven
- California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science Test in Grades Five, Eight, and Once in High School
- Participation in State Assessments and Option to Request Exemption (EC § 60615, 5 CCR § 852):
- Who will take these computer-based assessments?
- What is the estimated time for each test?
- What is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) component on the online summative assessment?
- What is a Performance Task (PT) component on the online summative assessment?
- What types of questions will be on the online summative assessment?
For more information regarding CAASPP, please visit the CAASPP System Website.